Concern gripped the UK on Thursday, with Queen Elizabeth II’s doctors saying they were “concerned” about her health as her family reunited at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she is.
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Doctors “recommended that she be placed under medical supervision,” Buckingham Palace said Thursday.
The longest-running and immensely popular monarch, whose 70th year of reign in the UK celebrated in June, has seen her health deteriorate from a night in the hospital nearly a year ago, for reasons never specified. She now she rarely appeared in public, her services evoked episodic mobility problems, and she increasingly delegated tasks to her direct heirs, Charles and William.
“Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned about Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remain under medical supervision. The queen continues to feel comfortable with her and remains at Balmoral, “the palace said in a brief statement.
His heir Carlo, 73, arrived with his wife Camilla in Balmoral, where the queen spends the end of the summer every year, together with her daughter Anna. Her other two children, Princes Andrew and Edward, were arriving in the early afternoon.
His nephew William, second in line of succession, was also expected on the spot. His brother Harry, along with his wife Meghan Markle, who lives in California but was supposed to attend a ceremony in London on Thursday night, took over the Scot.
15 prime ministers
In her latest public appearance, on Tuesday the queen made official the appointment of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, her 15th head of government in her 70-year reign. She had decided to stay in Balmoral instead of returning to London, where the transition between prime ministers usually takes place, due to her health problems.
The footage released by the palace showed the ruler smiling and leaning on a stick, while shaking hands with the new ruler.
“The whole country will be deeply concerned about the news coming out of Buckingham Palace,” tweeted Liz Truss. “My thoughts – and those of everyone in the UK – are with her Majesty the Queen and her family.”
The head of government was speaking in Parliament before the palace reported on the deteriorating state of health of the sovereign. She left the House of Commons after being silently briefed by a minister, while opposition leader Keir Starmer received a written note.
A sign was posted at Buckingham Palace in London to inform tourists that the changing of the guard would not take place.
On Wednesday night, the palace announced that the queen had postponed an online meeting, her doctors had advised her to rest, another cancellation in a long year-long streak.
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In May, Charles had delivered the speech from the throne in Parliament, one of his essential constitutional functions, for the first time in his place.
In early June, the British celebrated the 70th anniversary of the reign of Elizabeth II, who is the oldest reigning monarch in the world, for four days. She was almost absent from this platinum jubilee, showing herself only twice briefly on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of tens of thousands of people.
Elizabeth II has been a widow since the death of her husband Philip in April 2021, just before her 100th birthday. The deterioration in the health of the queen, who ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, at the age of 25, after the death of her father George VI of her, has revived questions about the future of the monarchy.
The institute has been rocked by a series of scandals in recent months: allegations of sexual assault in the United States against his son Andrew, who closed it for millions of dollars, as well as allegations of racism against the royal family, by of grandson Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, now settled in California and cold with the rest of the family.
The post-Elizabeth II period promises to be more complicated with Charles, whose popularity is much lower. The British prefer Prince William and his wife Kate.