Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee year. Although her 70th year on the throne got off to a rocky start, it seems as if things are on the mend.
On February 20, Queen Elizabeth was diagnosed with COVID-19, and planned to “receive medical attention” and “follow all the appropriate guidelines,” per BBC. However, the queen made a full recovery and was welcomed by some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at Frogmore Cottage, where they spent the afternoon together on February 28.
Sky News reported that the reigning monarch had her first public in-person meeting since recovering on March 7 with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Queen Elizabeth, who is also the queen of Canada, personally received Trudeau at Windsor Castle after he flew across the pond to talk with Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson about the recent attacks on Ukraine.
A new photo shared by the royal family shows the queen shaking Trudeau’s hand with a smile. Interestingly, the monarch was wearing a patterned blue dress and posed in front of a bouquet of blue and yellow flowers, the same shades as the Ukrainian flag. Many believe this could have been a subtle show of support by the royal family.
The queen often welcomes politicians from across the globe. For example, Queen Elizabeth once met an U.S. president George H.W. Bush, his wife, and their son, President George W. Bush. According to George W. Bush, the monarch surprised them all with her sense of humor.
Queen Elizabeth questions George W. Bush’s fashion sense
While Queen Elizabeth has worked with 14 U.K. Prime Ministers, and the Daily Mail asserts that she has also known a staggering 14 U.S. presidents. Former U.S. president George W. Bush praised the queen’s unwavering commitment to her duties, sharing with the outlet, “She’s a woman who must have an iron will.”
The first time George met the queen in 1991, she also showed off her sense of humor. He recalled that he sported “rather gaudy cowboy boots.” While his mother, First Lady Barbara Bush, protested, he told his mother that he was sure that the queen would like them, and promptly showed them to their royal guest. Barbara threatened to move him as far away from the queen as possible. The monarch then asked young George, “Are you the black sheep?” He recounted, “I said: ‘I guess you can say that, Your Majesty.'” He added, “She loved that.” George grew up to fill the shoes of his president father, George H.W. Bush — who was outlived by the queen.
The Cambridges took to Instagram to praise Queen Elizabeth’s long life of accomplishments on International Women’s Day. Under a photoset showcasing the queen over the years, the duke and duchess wrote, “Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and Head of State, The Queen’s extraordinary reign has been longer than any other monarch in British history — inspiring a nation and dedicating her life to the service of the Commonwealth and its people.” They forgot to mention she’s also a comedian!