Queen Elizabeth II has been placed under medical supervision as doctors are ‘concerned for Her Majesty’s health’, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday, as members of the Royal Family rushed to Scotland alongside the 96-year-old monarch year.
The palace announcement came a day after the Queen canceled a virtual meeting of her Privy Council when doctors advised her to rest after a full day of events on Tuesday, when she formally asked Liz Truss to become British Prime Minister.
‘Following a further assessment this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remains under medical supervision,’ a palace spokesman said, speaking under cover of the press release. anonymity as per usual policy. “The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”
The palace declined to provide further details on the Queen’s condition, but there were other worrying signs. Truss was interrupted during a debate in the House of Commons to be told of Elizabeth’s condition, and family members canceled long-planned engagements to travel to the Highlands.
Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, along with his wife, Camilla, and sister, Princess Anne, were with the Queen at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in Scotland. Members of the royal family have flown to Scotland. Prince William, Charles’ eldest son, was part of the royal family en route to Balmoral, as were his brother Prince Harry and Harry’s wife Meghan.
The House of Windsor gathering comes just three months after people across Britain pulled in over a long holiday weekend to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. As throngs of cheering and flag-waving fans filled the streets around Buckingham Palace for four days of festivities, the Queen herself made just two brief appearances on the palace balcony to greet her subjects.
Elizabeth has increasingly handed over her duties to Charles and other senior royals in recent months as she recovers from a bout of COVID-19, begins using a cane and struggles to stand move.
“The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime,” Truss said on Twitter.
“My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our UK – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.”
“Prayers of the Nation”
Political leaders of all stripes have also expressed concern, and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said the “nation’s prayers” are with Elizabeth.
Since coming to the throne after her father’s death on February 6, 1952, Elizabeth has been a beacon of stability as Britain negotiated the end of the empire, the dawn of the Age of information and the massive migration that transformed the country into a multicultural society. .
Throughout it all, the Queen built a bond with the nation through a seemingly endless series of public appearances as she opened libraries, dedicated hospitals and bestowed honors on deserving citizens.
She worked steadily in the twilight of her reign. But the death of Prince Philip, her husband of more than 70 years, in April last year reminded the country that the reign of the Queen, the only monarch most of her subjects have ever known, is over.
This truth was the subtext of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations as newspapers, TV shows and palace walls were filled with images of Elizabeth as she transitioned from a glamorous young queen in a crown and diamonds to a kind of global grandmother known for her ubiquity. purse and the love of horses and corgis.
Charles was at the center of the festivities as he replaced his mother and demonstrated that he was ready to take on his role.
Dressed in a ceremonial scarlet tunic and bearskin hat, he inspected the troops in the Queen’s Birthday Parade on the opening day of the Jubilee. The following day, he was the last guest to enter St. Paul’s Cathedral and took his place at the front of the church for a service of thanksgiving in honor of the Queen. At a star-studded concert outside Buckingham Palace, he paid the main tribute to the woman he addressed as ‘Your Majesty, Mama’.
The Queen’s public appearances during the Jubilee were brief but symbolic, underlining three pillars of her reign: a personal connection with the public, close ties to the armed forces and support for the Commonwealth, a group of 54 nations with old colonial ties with Britain.
On the final day of the event, she joined other senior royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch 70 military jets fly overhead and wave to supporters who filled the street below. She later took part in a lighthouse lighting ceremony at Windsor Palace, the culmination of events that spanned the Commonwealth.