Queen left laughing after statue of herself in Australia unveiled on video

The Queen has made an appearance in a video call to virtually unveil a statue of herself thousands of miles away in Australia.

In the video posted on to the Royal Family Twitter account, Her Majesty is seen chatting with the governor and premier of South Australia before they present the life-sized sculpture outside the Government House in Adelaide.

Governor Hieu Van Le says in the clip: "Your Majesty, few years ago we had a discussion with a number of people who wanted to gift a statue to the Government House.

"Ever since we installed the statue, it has been the most popular place for people to take photographs, ma'am."

The Queen giggles and says: "Oh really?"

The governor continues to explain that the visitors feel "very close" to the Queen when they stand close to the statue.

The monarch then gives her opinion, adding: "I think it must be quite alarming to suddenly see it out of the window – you’d think, gracious, has she arrived there unexpectedly!"

The unveiling of the bronze statue comes the same day as Prince Philip was transferred by ambulance to St Bartholomew's Hospital in London.

The Duke of Edinburgh was taken to the hospital for observation of a pre-existing heart condition.

Pictures and videos emerged online showing the 99-year-old being surrounded by umbrellas as medical staff transfer him onto the ambulance with a police escort.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Duke is responding well to medication provided for a non Covid-19-related infection.

The mood of the Royal Family has "shifted significantly" while Prince Philip was admitted to a new hospital as he continues his fight against an infection, sources claim.

A royal source told Mirror : “The staff and all the Royal Family are united in their prayers for the Duke.

“There has been an almighty and collective effort to keep him and the Queen safe during the coronavirus crisis over the past 11 months but there was a significant shift in the mood when everyone started finding out the Duke wasn’t coming home any time soon.

"Everyone’s thoughts are now firmly centred on him pulling through this illness.”

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