Australian prime minister meets the Queen – and tells her she was a ‘hit’ at the Cornwall G7 summit

Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison told the Queen she was “quite the hit” at the G7 summit, as the pair met at Windsor Castle.

The Queen held a rare face-to-face audience, meeting Mr Morrison on Tuesday.

Her Majesty, who is also the monarch of Australia, was photographed chatting with the prime minister, standing with her hands behind her back in a vibrant yellow floral dress.

The Queen with G7 leaders at Eden Project in Cornwall
G7 leaders meet the Queen at the Eden Project in Cornwall

The Queen met leaders at the G7 summit last week in Cornwall and Mr Morrison remarked: “You were quite the hit. Everyone was talking about you at dinner the next night.”

“Oh lord. Were they really?” she replied.

Mr Morrison added: “They were. They were thrilled to see you.”

Since the UK entered its first lockdown last year, the Queen has held several virtual audiences at Windsor, with guests usually speaking to her via a video link from Buckingham Palace.

The Queen with Joe Biden and Dr Jill Biden in the Grand Corridor of Windsor Castle
The Queen with Joe Biden and Dr Jill Biden in the Grand Corridor of Windsor Castle

She told Mr Morrison that it was “very nice to see you – in person this time”.

The monarch later watched the racing at Royal Ascot after the five-day meet began on Tuesday – with a particular interest in her horse King’s Lynn, in the 15.40 King’s Stand Stakes.

The Queen’s racing manager John Warren said the monarch, a keen horse breeder, is hoping to attend the Berkshire racecourse later in the week.

Last week, the monarch travelled to Cornwall to host an open-air reception at the Eden Project for the G7 summit, attended a mini Trooping for her official 95th birthday, and welcomed US president Joe Biden to tea at Windsor Castle.

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