Live: ‘A matter of greatest concern’ – Queen under medical supervision, royal family rushes to Balmoral

Live: 'A matter of greatest concern' - Queen under medical supervision, royal family rushes to Balmoral

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Queen Elizabeth II is under medical supervision in Balmoral, Scotland, with her immediate family traveling to stay with her amid health concerns.

In a brief statement on Thursday evening (New Zealand time), Buckingham Palace said the 96-year-old monarch’s doctors were “concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remain under medical supervision”.

Her Majesty had previously been advised by her doctors to rest after “a full day” appointing Liz Truss as the new British Prime Minister at Balmoral Castle, but after further assessment the next morning, medical supervision was recommended.

The statement said the Queen “remains comfortable and at Balmoral” following the cancellation of her scheduled meeting with the Privy Council.

According to reports in the UK, members of the royal family were made aware of the queen’s condition, with several of them rushing to be with her.

Queen Elizabeth at the Chelsea Flower Show in May.  Photo / RHS, Luke MacGregor
Queen Elizabeth at the Chelsea Flower Show in May. Photo / RHS, Luke MacGregor

Heir to the throne, Prince Charles and Camilla are staying in nearby Birkhall, according to Buckingham Palace, while Prince William is also flying into the property.

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, remained in Windsor as Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are on their first full day at their new school, Kensington Palace said.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, will also travel to Balmoral, their spokesman confirmed.

The duo are currently in the UK, with the Duke due to speak at the WellChild Awards in London, before returning to his children in the US.

The BBC had already canceled its airing schedule, interrupting its regular airing to break the news of the Palace announcement.

fragile, bent

The Queen is the longest-reigning British monarch and the second longest-reigning monarch in history after taking the crown in 1952.

Earlier this week, Her Majesty – looking frail and hunched over – was photographed as she formally named Truss.

Truss and Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the trip to Aberdeenshire for key hearings this week.

Concerns were raised over what appeared to be a bruise on the back of the queen’s right hand, as she was also using a cane indoors during her meeting with Truss.

The handover of power historically took place at Buckingham Palace, however it was moved to Scotland due to the Queen’s mobility issues. It is the first time in her reign that the meeting place has been changed.

The historic occasion marked the first time the Queen has been seen since passing through Aberdeen Airport on her way to Balmoral in late July.

‘Praying for the Queen’s health’

Early Friday morning (New Zealand time), Truss said: “The entire country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace at this lunchtime.

“My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across the UK – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time,” she said on Twitter.

The Speaker of the UK House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle interrupted a speech to speak to MPs about the Queen’s health.

“I know I speak for the entire House when I say that we send our best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen and that she and the Royal Family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.”

Truss also left the chamber when the news broke, British political journalists reported.

In a tweet, the Archbishop of Canterbury said: “My prayers and the prayers of people across the Church of England and the nation are with Her Majesty the Queen today. May God’s presence strengthen and comfort Her Majesty, her family and those who are looking after her at Balmoral.”

British MP David Lammy wrote on Twitter: “Incredibly concerned to hear reports from Buckingham Palace. I am praying for the Queen’s health along with the rest of the country and millions around the world. Wishing her a full and speedy recovery.”

In his first speech to the House of Commons, Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg said that “it is a matter of the greatest concern to all of us when our sovereign is ill.”

Her Majesty during a visit to officially open the new building at Thames Hospice in Maidenhead, England in July.  Photo/AP
Her Majesty during a visit to officially open the new building at Thames Hospice in Maidenhead, England in July. Photo/AP

Meanwhile, political leaders around the world shared messages of support.

“We are all deeply concerned by the reports about Her Majesty’s health,” said Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

“My thoughts and wishes are with the Queen and the entire royal family at this time.”

In a social media post, Mark Drakeford from Wales also shared his concern.

“Concerned to hear the news from Buckingham Palace. I send my best wishes to Her Majesty and her family on behalf of the people of Wales.”

Speaking at a press conference in Cardiff a few hours later, Drakeford said the news would bring “an afternoon of sober reflection and anxiety for families across Wales”.

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted his “deep concern”.

“I send my sincere thoughts and prayers to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this troubling time,” Cameron said.

Palace officials have been forced to make decisions about the queen’s travels on a daily basis in recent months.

Reports claim that Prince Charles has been making “regular and daily” visits to his mother, which is seen as unusual.

The heir to the throne does not usually make unplanned visits to the queen – they are most often arranged by palace officials.

Meanwhile, Prince Andrew is staying with the Queen at Balmoral, where she spends most of her summers.

Her Majesty has dropped out of several planned events in recent times and has been resting for over three months on medical advice.

Last year, she spent a night in hospital for “preliminary investigations” and did not attend the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow. In April of this year, she skipped Holy Thursday and Mattins Easter services at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.

Elizabeth’s husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died at Windsor Castle in April last year. He was 99 years old.

– Additional reporting AP


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