No handshakes, just bows as Queen holds audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen has held an audience at Buckingham Palace. The 93-year-old head of state greeted Captain Angus Essenhigh, the new Commanding Officer of the Royal Navy warship HMS Queen Elizabeth, and his predecessor Commodore Steven Moorhouse.

There were no handshakes, just bows from the captain and the commodore, as they met and chatted with the monarch in the private audience room of the Queen's London home.

On Thursday, the Queen will decamp to Windsor Castle, her Berkshire royal residence, as she socially distances herself amid the coronavirus pandemic.