Queen laughs as she's told she was a hit at G7 summit – 'Everyone was talking about you'

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Watch: Queen meets Australian PM Scott Morrison at Windsor Castle

The Queen looked delighted to be told she was "quite a hit" at the G7 summit as she carried out her first face-to-face audience in more than a year.

The Queen, 95, welcomed Australian prime minister Scott Morrison to Windsor Castle, soon after a new trade deal was struck between his nation and the UK.

On his arrival to the Oak Room, where she had tea with Joe Biden on Sunday, the Queen said: "Ah, good morning.

"It's very nice to see you – in person this time!"

The pair posed for a photograph with the Queen noting: "You were down there, but I didn't see you, in Cornwall [where the summit was held]."

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Queen Elizabeth II receives Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during an audience in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle on June 15, 2021 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Queen carried out her first face-to-face audience in more than a year on Tuesday. (Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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The Queen and other members of the Royal Family had hosted a drinks reception for world leaders at the summit, but as Australia is not in the G7, it was not invited to that part of the day.

Morrison replied: "That was just the G7 members, we were at an extension part.

"But you were quite the hit, everyone was talking about you at dinner the next night."

The Queen said: "Were they really?" to which Morrison said: "They were, they were thrilled to see you."

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Queen Elizabeth II receives Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during an audience in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle on June 15, 2021 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Queen received Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle. (Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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The 95-year-old monarch has been conducting these audiences over video call since March 2020, with those she needs to see appearing via a link from Buckingham Palace while she is in Windsor Castle.

But on Tuesday, after hosting Biden for tea over the weekend, she was able to see Morrison face-to-face.

She wore a yellow dress for the occasion, after a weekend of bright-coloured outfits across engagements in Cornwall and Windsor.

After the meeting, Morrison tweeted: "Honoured to once again have an audience with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II before my departure from London this afternoon. We had a good conversation and I was able to pass on in person Australia’s condolences on the recent loss of Prince Philip."

Photographs from the engagement show a flatscreen TV in the background of the Oak Room.

The Queen is expected to spend the day watching the racing at Royal Ascot, where she had a runner in the 15.40 King’s Stand Stakes.

She will hope to attend in person later in the week.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II receives Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison during an audience in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle, Berkshire on June 15, 2021. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Queen chuckled when she heard she had been a 'hit' at the G7. (Steve Parsons/AFP)

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Meanwhile, other members of her family were there on day one, including her son Prince Charles and her daughter Princess Anne.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson announced a trade deal with Australia on Tuesday, exchanging hampers of goods with Morrison after it was signed.

Number 10 said it would make British cars, Scotch whisky and biscuits and ceramics cheaper to sell to Australia, and it will be easier for under-35s to travel there to work.

Australia has had a rocky relationship with the monarchy in recent years, with some fresh calls for it to become a republic.

After Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, the Australian Republic Movement began work to set out its hopes for success, intending for a referendum on Australia becoming a republic within a year of the Queen's death.

Morrison is a supporter of the monarchy, and was said to have put the picture of the Queen back up in his office when he took over from Malcolm Turnbull. 

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