On Wednesday the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London as a “precautionary measure” after feeling unwell. In midst of his hospitalisation, The Queen continues to carry out royal duties from Windsor.
On Wednesday Her Majesty held an audience with First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin about Royal Navy operations and the well-being of people throughout the pandemic both at home, and overseas. As Sovereign, The Queen is Head of the Armed Forces both in the United Kingdom and in the Commonwealth.Embed from Getty Images
The Queen’s relationship with the Armed Forces began when the then Princess Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1945. Her Majesty was the first female member of the Royal Family to join the Armed Services as a full-time active member. During her time, she learned to drive and how to maintain vehicles. Since then, she has made regular visits to service establishments and ships as well as held military appointments and honorary ranks.
Some work the Royal Navy has been doing during the pandemic is bringing music to hospitals. About 42 musicians from the service’s Collingwood and Portsmouth bands have been mobilized to help the NHS, the National Health Service. Supporting front-line staff at hospitals at Bournemouth and Bath as well as the NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter.
The musicians have also sourced TVS to allow patients to watch films, sporting events, and their trademark event, the annual Mountbatten Festival of Music. Last attended by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2020, the annual event features Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines performing at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Proceeds from the event go to The Royal Marines Charity and CLIC Sargent.