Prince Charles to present award for Her Majesty as heartbroken monarch, 95, mourns closest friend

Queen carries on with duties as Covid sacrifices praised

The Queen has continued with her official duties as Sir Keir Starmer highlighted the sacrifices she made and leadership she showed during the pandemic.

The 95-year-old monarch held a face-to-face audience at Windsor Castle, receiving organist Thomas Trotter on Wednesday.

She smiled and chatted with the concert musician, winner of last year’s Queen’s Medal for Music, and presented him with his award in the Oak Room – the sitting room where she spends much of her time, and which also doubles as her office.

Labour leader Sir Keir highlighted the head of state’s leadership and the sacrifices she made at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral during the Covid-19 crisis at Prime Minister’s Questions.

He was speaking as Boris Johnson faced the furore over claims Downing Street staff broke lockdown rules by holding a Christmas party last year.

Sir Keir told the Commons: “Her Majesty the Queen sat alone when she marked the passing of the man she’d been married to for 73 years.

“Leadership, sacrifice – that’s what gives leaders the moral authority to lead.

“Does the Prime Minister think he has the moral authority to lead and to ask the British people to stick to the rules?”

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