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The Queen met live with poet Grace Nichols

The Queen met Guyanese poet Grace Nichols when she made another face-to-face engagement.

The King welcomed Nichols to her home in Windsor Castle to present her with the Queen’s Poetry Gold Medal.

They were joined by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, who chaired the Poetry Medal Committee, which unanimously nominated the writer as the winner of the prestigious award.

In the Oak Room, the Queen was pictured standing without a cane for a live audience on Wednesday.

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The Queen shakes hands with poet Grace Nichols (Steve Parsons/PA)

A large window in the background overlooks the pristine lawn of the castle quadrangle, and the monarch’s attire matches her guest, both in cream tones.

The Queen flashed a wide smile as she shook Nichols’ hand, and the pair examined the medal together.

The Queen has continued to stay busy at her Berkshire base after missing Monday’s Commonwealth Day service due to her comfort issues rather than a specific illness.

On Tuesday, she had afternoon tea with Governor-General of Canada Mary Simon and her husband, journalist Whit Fraser, and hosted two virtual audiences with the ambassadors.

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The Queen Checks Poetry Prize (Steve Parsons/PA)

The 95-year-old head of state, who achieved a Platinum Jubilee last month, has faced a Covid storm in recent weeks, and has also spent more than three months since October at the behest of doctors. to only perform light tasks.

Nichols is gaining recognition for her work, especially her debut poetry collection I Am A Woman Who Remembers (1983), prose, and several books for young readers.

She has previously described the honor as “both wonderful and humbling”.

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Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry (Steve Parsons/PA)

When announced as the recipient of the 2021 award in December, she added: “In my own work, I have honored my Guyanese/Caribbean/South American heritage in relation to the British traditions that we hold dear. I inherited it as a former British colony.

“For the poetry and the English language that I love, I brought my own Caribbean notebook.

“I wish my parents, who once scolded me for eye strain, like a little girl reading a book by a torch in bed, would be there to share in the journey that poetry has blessed me with. .”

The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry was established in 1933 by the Queen’s grandfather King George V at the suggestion of then-Poet John Masefield.

Previous recipients include Philip Larkin, Siegfried Sassoon, WH Auden, and John Agard, Nichols’ husband.

It is awarded for excellence in poetry. Recipients each year come from the UK or a Commonwealth country.

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