Anne sent a message of “support” to engineers.
She said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of literally everybody in some way around the globe and has presented us all with challenges we could not have anticipated.
“But, as is always the case, engineering has risen to those challenges with energy, ingenuity and a spirit of collaboration.
“Since its inaugural award in 2013, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Royal Engineering has recognised those whose work exemplifies those qualities.
“Without their efforts, life during the pandemic would have been very different.
“The pioneers of the internet and the developers of digital imaging systems and GPS have enabled us to keep in touch with friends and family and to continue to do business across the globe.”