The Queen has been pictured back at work for the first time since her hospital stay

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Photo credit: Mark Cuthbert - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mark Cuthbert - Getty Images

After cancelling an overseas visit to Northern Ireland due to medical reasons, Buckingham Palace revealed that the Queen also spent the night in King Edward VII's Hospital where she underwent tests.

A statement was retrospectively shared detailing her hospital trip and added that Her Majesty was in "good spirits" and back home at Windsor Castle. Reports then followed speculating that she would scale back her diary commitments, in order to focus more on rest and recovery.

The statement, shared with the press last Thursday, reads in full: "Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits."

Now, the Queen has been pictured back at work for the first time, looking happy and alert whilst wearing a resplendent pale yellow outfit, as she conducted two virtual Audiences from Windsor Castle.

Tweeting about Her Majesty's return to work, royal correspondent Omid Scobie said, "She held video calls with the new Ambassador from the Republic of Korea (Gunn Kim and his wife Hee Jung Lee) and the Ambassador of Switzerland (Markus Leitner and his wife)."

The Royal Family's official Twitter account also tweeted saying, "Today The Queen received two Ambassadors in audience via video link from Windsor Castle.

"There are more than 170 Ambassadors and High Commissioners based in London at any given time and each will have an Audience with The Queen shortly after taking up his or her role."

A follow-up tweet added, "Mr. Gunn Kim from the Republic of Korea and Mr. Markus Leitner from the Swiss Confederation each presented their ‘Credentials’ – a formal letter from their Head of State confirming that Her Majesty can trust them to speak on behalf of their country."

It was not made clear as to why Her Majesty held the audiences virtually as opposed to in person, but it might be assumed that this could be part of the Queen's compromise when it comes to scaling back her official engagements moving forward.

The same images were also shared on the Royal Family's Instagram account and fans of the monarch were quick to share their well wishes in the comment section, along with remarking on how nice it is to see her back in business.

"Good to see Her Majesty back to work ❤️," wrote one social media user. Another added, "Long live the Queen! Get well soon!😇"

A third wrote, "A most wonderful sight to see her Majesty in good health👏🔥❤️"

We're wishing the Queen a full and speedy recovery.

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