Many thousands of people have bowed and curtsied to the Queen during her seven decade reign. But until yesterday, none had done so as the monarch peered at them from 20 miles away via a computer screen. Never one to shy away from new experiences, the Queen held her first virtual audience at Buckingham Palace from Windsor Castle, signalling that for now, this was the new royal normal. The 94-year-old broke new ground as she hosted three ambassadors to the UK, her first audiences at the palace since March. Keen to ensure that the ceremonial aspect of the occasion remained the same, state Ascot Landau carriages travelled from the Royal Mews to collect the various dignitaries from their respective residences or embassies before driving them through the streets of London to Buckingham Palace. There, they were received by Major Tom White, the Queen’s new equerry, who was performing his first official duty having only begun in the new role this week. The new commissioners were taken through to the Equerry’s Room, where they were introduced to the Queen, who beamed at them from a flat Cisco computer screen adorned with a video camera from the Oak Room at Windsor.