The ancient tradition of new bishops paying homage to the sovereign has been carried out virtually for the first time in history.
The Queen received the oath of allegiance from the newly-appointed Archbishop of York during a video call on Tuesday, Buckingham Palace said.
Normally, new bishops pay homage to the Queen in person, before they begin their duties, but the coronavirus pandemic has meant the Queen has been carrying out some of her usual audiences online or on the phone.
The Queen today received the oath of allegiance from the new Archbishop of York during a video call.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 21, 2020
The act of newly-appointed Bishops paying âhomageâ to the Sovereign dates back to Elizabeth Iâs reign.
📸 Her Majesty with the new Archbishop of York @CottrellStephen in 2014. pic.twitter.com/orzDSBGmZQ
Updating a 450-year-old custom, the Queen held a video-call from Windsor Castle with The Most Reverend and Rt Hon Stephen Cottrell to receive the oath.
The act of newly-appointed bishops paying homage to the sovereign dates back to the reign of Elizabeth I, and the Palace confirmed it is the first time this has happened virtually.
âï¸ Normally, new Bishops pay homage to The Queen in person, before they begin their duties.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 21, 2020
💻 Today is the first time it has happened virtually.
It acts as the Bishopâs formal acknowledgement of allegiance to the Sovereign, who is the Supreme Governor of Church of England. pic.twitter.com/7huWpQRVAE
The oath acts as the bishop’s formal acknowledgement of allegiance to the monarch, who is the Supreme Governor of Church of England.
Archbishop Stephen was confirmed as Archbishop of York on July 9.
The 94-year-old monarch has been staying at Windsor in Berkshire for the past 18 weeks since before lockdown.
The royal family has adapted to an unprecedented change in royal duties during the coronavirus crisis.
Public appearances were swapped for online video calls as the Windsors followed the rules and stayed at home.
Garden parties, investitures, state visits and foreign tours were put on hold as popular, traditional annual engagements drawing huge crowds, along with run-of-the-mill meet and greets and walkabouts, were deemed unsafe.
The Queen, who was joined at Windsor by the Duke of Edinburgh with a reduced household dubbed HMS Bubble, has delivered two rare televised addresses to the nation just weeks apart.
The Queen held her weekly Audience with the Prime Minister today by telephone. Her Majesty - pictured this evening at Windsor Castle - has held a weekly Audience with her Prime Minister throughout her reign. pic.twitter.com/9rYoLTfkO4— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 25, 2020
On June 4, she took part in her first official video conference call as part of her public duties, speaking to carers with the Princess Royal.
She has also been holding her Privy Council meetings by video link and her weekly audiences with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the phone.
The Queen was pictured holding an old-fashioned phone to her ear as she talked to Mr Johnson on March 25, surrounded by ornaments including a china corgi in a sitting room at her royal residence.
Last week, the Queen knighted Captain Sir Tom Moore in a special outdoor ceremony at the castle to honour the 100-year-old fundraising hero.
At the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, bishops swore to be “faithful and true” to the new sovereign.
Philip also pledged to be his wife’s “liege man of life and limb” during the ceremony and was the first layman to pay tender homage to the newly crowned monarch.