Queen opens new ENT hospital in first public engagement of 2020

Brenda Watkins
February 21, 2020

As she met with staff and patients at the hospital, the 93-year-old monarch empathised with children having their braces fitted, telling them: "I had wires, luckily it was a very long time ago".

Queen Elizabeth returned to work in London after her Christmas break in Sandringham.

The announcement follows the news that the Queen's grandson, Peter Phillips - the son of Princess Anne and her ex-husband, Captain Mark Phillips - has split from his wife.

She even told 10-year-old Ilia Aristovich, "I think it's worth it in the end".

Prince Harry and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have all been photographed with braces on their teeth during their younger years. The Earl and Countess of Wessex's daughter Lady Louise Windsor, 16, also now wears braces.

During her visit to the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals at UCLH, the monarch spoke to children about getting braces back in the day-or "wires", as the Brits apparently call them.

"So, you have two, do you?" the Queen asked of her cochlear implants.

The Queen reveals she had braces as a child during visit to dental hospital

The Hospitals undertake ground-breaking research and develop new ways to treat rare and complex dental, ear, nose, throat, hearing and balance conditions.

The Royal Family shared a video on Twitter as the Queen met Lily Conlan, eight, who told her all about her two cochlear implants and the annual bash her family throws to celebrate hearing again. Lily said: "Every year, as well as a birthday party, I have a party for my cochlear implants, so we celebrate my hearing". "What a very good idea".

Queen Elizabeth tours the new Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals in London.

The Queen's engagement on Wednesday marked her first in London since returning from her winter break in Sandringham past year.

The British royal family have had a hard few months, with the queen's second-eldest son, Prince Andrew, being forced to retire from public life after his disastrous interview regarding his friendship with American sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, and the queen's grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, stepping back from royal duties.

Prince Harry and Meghan have six final engagements before the move takes effect.

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