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The Queen makes surprise appearance in Maidenhead as she conducts rare joint engagement with Princess Anne 

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The Queen has conducted a rare in-person engagement in Maidenhead alongside her daughter, the Princess Royal.

Her Majesty battled the humid weather conditions to officially open the new Thames Hospice building, which is located just a short distance away from Windsor Castle.

At the hospice, The Queen and Princess Anne met staff, volunteers and patients.

Using her trusted walking stick, Her Majesty was given a tour of the new building, before signing the visitors book and unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.

Thames Hospice has been proving palliative and end-of-life care and support to people across East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire for more than three decades.

This is the second engagement Her Majesty has conducted this week which related to health and social care.

A few days ago, the 96-year-old monarch presented the George Cross to NHS workers for their tireless efforts.

The Queen has heavily cut down on the amount of engagements she is undertaking, with Her Majesty reducing her workload due to mobility issues.

She recently celebrated her Platinum Jubilee – becoming the first British Head of State in history to mark the occasion.