The Queen has returned to in-person duties for the first time since health break

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

The Queen returned to in-person royal duties yesterday (17 November) for the first time since taking a break for her health.

Her Majesty met with the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter for an audience at Windsor Castle. The General was present to formerly relinquish his appointment of the role and was photographed speaking with the Queen.

Her Majesty looked well and dressed stylishly in an autumnal-toned, floral dress and pearls for the occasion. The audience was the Queen's first appointment since being advised to rest by her doctor.

It was announced last month that the Queen would not be able to attend COP26 in Glasgow and instead appeared via video link. This was after a short hospital visit for an undisclosed health condition.

She was able to return home and was apparently “in good spirits” but was advised to complete only light, desk-based duties, meaning she was unable to travel up to Scotland, or to Northern Ireland for an earlier visit.

This month, the Queen was forced to miss the annual Remembrance Sunday service due to a sprained back.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne, Prince Charles and Countess of Wessex all attended the service along with other members of the Royal Family in her absence.

The Duchess of Cambridge stood alongside Sophie Wessex and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on the balcony of the Foreign Office to watch the official service and parade below.

Prince William, Princess Anne and Prince Charles took part in uniform, and laid wreaths at the Cenotaph.

This year marked 100 years of the Royal British Legion, the organisation behind the Poppy Appeal and the annual parade of veterans.

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