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Queen Elizabeth Holds Audience with Sheikha Raya Al Khalifa and the Ambassador of Qatar

Sheikha Raya Khalifa Abdulla Khalifa Al Khalifa and His Excellency Fahad bin Mohammed Al Attiyah with the Queen. Photo: Getty

Queen Elizabeth II received the Ambassador of Qatar, Ambassador of Poland, and Sheikha Raya Khalifa Abdulla Khalifa Al Khalifa of the Bahrain royal family via video call yesterday.

Dressed in regal purple, Her Majesty could be seen smiling as she welcomed the diplomats via a virtual call from Windsor Castle. Sheikha Raya was also seen in a draped purple abaya-style dress, which she wore with a matching beret and nude heels, while His Excellency Fahad bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, Ambassador of Qatar, stood alongside her at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday while delivering their letters of recall of their predecessors.

Sheikha Raya Al Khalifa, founder of Wajood Consultancy and mother-of-two, shared the special moment on her Instagram account, which also revealed that the diplomats had met with Allistair Harrison, Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps as well as David Linley, the Earl of Snowdon. The Bahraini-born entrepreneur also shared the company of her eldest son, who saw her off in a carriage to meet with Her Majesty.

Marshal of Diplomatic Corps Alistair Harrison, Sheikha Raya Al Khalifa, His Excellency Fahad bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, and the Sheikha’s eldest son. Photo:

According to actor Christopher Biggins, the long-standing monarch, now 95 years old, has been in a wheelchair and this is the reason why she was not able receive the diplomats in person. “I have heard that the reason she’s not doing a lot of the events that she should be doing and canceling them is because she is in a wheelchair. She doesn’t want to be seen because she’s very proud,” said Biggins on GB News. The head of state also recently missed the Commonwealth Day service at the Abbey, attributing her absence to an issue related to comfort rather than any illnesses.

“She’s our greatest ever monarch. It’s so very sad and I hope she is able to make her anniversary celebrations,” added Biggins. The news recalls the instance of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, who was seen in a wheelchair on Queen Mother’s 101st birthday. “It’s a haunting image and not one the Queen remembers fondly,” noted Biggins on the fear of the Queen replicating a similar moment.

The monarch hopes to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey in April. The Duke died in April last year at 99 years of age, and members of the royal family, friends, and colleagues will gather to pay tribute to his passing.

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