Inside the Queen’s sitting room at Windsor Castle with corgi figurines, gold clocks and a throwback phone

YESTERDAY, Buckingham Palace gave royal fans a sneak peek inside the Queen’s sitting room at Windsor Castle giving a rare glimpse at her most treasured possessions. 

The image was taken to show the Queen having her weekly audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson via phone call, amid fears for her health with the coronavirus outbreak. 

This week, Clarence House announced that Prince Charles, 71, has tested positive for the virus, but Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen remains in “good health.”

In the fascinating shot, Her Majesty, 93, can be seen holding a 1970s-style cream corded phone surrounded by figurines of corgis, which are her favourite dogs. 

The Queen’s sitting room is where she spends most of her time when she is at Buckingham Palace, and is typically closed off from the public. 

It has been photographed just a handful of times, including when the Queen and Prince Philip, 98, posed for Vanity Fair in 2016 in honour of her 90th birthday.

It’s no surprise the Queen has a number of figurines dedicated to corgis, as she has been a strong lover of the breed after she received her first one, called Susan, for her 18th birthday in 1944.

The Queen fell in love with the breed, and all her subsequent corgis can trace their lineage to Susan, and have lapped up the kind of treatment normally reserved for a head of state.

Also featured in the Queen’s sitting room is a rather peculiar bowl, which appears to be in the shape of a cabbage leaf. 

It is thought to be a rare piece of Wedgwood crockery, and could either be a bowl and plate or a cup and saucer. 

Although it might seem unusual, it could have been a personal gift from Prince Philip, who is said to call the Queen “Cabbage” as a pet name. 

After dogs, the Queen’s favourite animal is horses, and there is also a tribute to them in her Windsor private quarters. 

On the mantelpiece are two horse statuettes, with the one on the right side of the image depicting Princess Elizabeth on horseback around 1937. 

The second, on the left side, shows a groom bringing a rearing horse under control. 

Also featured on the Queen’s sitting room desk is a statuette of a member of the Queen’s Guard, wearing the trademark dress uniform; a bearskin hat and red tunic. 

The guard has pride of place on her desk next to a smaller uniformed soldier, which appears to have a plaque on its base as though it was presented to Her Majesty. 

It is thought both figures have been on her desk for the past five years, but the story behind them is unknown. 

Above the fire in the sitting room is a very ornate clock, which looks to be gold or gold plated, and features Roman numerals on the face. 

Her Majesty is known to be a lover of clocks, and has around 800 in the Royal Collection, and over 70 in Windsor Castle alone.

It was announced Prince Charles had been displaying mild symptoms but remains in "good health" after being diagnosed with the deadly bug on Monday night.

Buckingham Palace has since confirmed the Queen remains in "good health" after heading to Windsor last Thursday with Prince Philip a week earlier than planned.

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