Edward VIII praises Queen Elizabeth II's reign in 1969
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Despite missing a number of royal engagements recently, the monarch is said to be “alright,” by her son the Prince of Wales. But after missing the Festival of Remembrance, at the Royal Albert Hall, London, royalists across the globe will be bitterly disappointed as they remain eager to catch a glimpse at the monarch. After being ordered by doctors to rest three weeks ago, and spending the night in hospital, rumours surrounding the state of the Queen’s health quickly began to spread, and now it has emerged that the monarch is suffering from a sprained back.
Remarkably, the monarch has been blessed with good health across her 69-year reign. Undeniably there have been times where the Queen has suffered from illness and had to be admitted to hospital, but nothing seems to keep the monarch from her royal duty for long.
However, royal expert Angela Mollard, has revealed that there has been “a lot of beef” with palace aides concerning the workload that the monarch takes on.
Speaking to Australian morning programme Sunrise, Mollard said: “You’ll have to hope she makes it.
“Just the speculation around her health isn’t great for the monarchy as a whole and there has been a lot of beef with royal courtiers in terms of them pushing her too hard and criticism from commentators that she needs more time off.
“She’s had this rest, she’s been to Sandringham, she’s come back to Windsor and I think we will see her [on Sunday].”
For the Queen, marking Armistice day every year is hugely important. A senior royal source told The Mirror that this occasion is “one of the few dates that is completely and utterly cemented in the Queen’s annual diary”.
The insider added: “The doctors who are advising Her Majesty to rest would have to have a very strong case to stop her going.
“It remains her firm intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday.”
During her reign the Queen has always made the best efforts to carry out her royal duties, even if she is not on top with her health.
Most recently, the monarch was seen using a walking stick at a Westminster Abbey service in early October – the first time she has used a walking aid in 17 years.
In 2018, the monarch was hospitalised for planned cataract surgery and was soon after photographed wearing light sensitive sunglasses – a small price to pay, for still being able to attend her royal engagements.
However, a few months after this, the Queen pulled out of a service at St Paul’s Cathedral as she was feeling “under the weather”.
Similarly, it was in March of 2013 when the Queen was last hospitalised over concerns for her health. Unrelated to a pre-planned operation, royal medical advisers were concerned after the Queen suffered from gastroenteritis.
Releasing a statement at the time, Buckingham Palace officials said: “As a precaution, all official engagements for this week will regrettably be either postponed or cancelled.”
Luckily, her stay was short and only lasted a singular night – similar to her stay in late October of this year, where “preliminary investigations” were carried out.
Buckingham Palace officials have always been tight-lipped about matters concerning the Queen’s health, but in 2017 when the Prince of Wales led the nation in the Remembrance Sunday service, by laying the reef at the Cenotaph, it was taken by many as a sign that the royal family were in transition and acknowledging the Queens age.
Several adjustments have been made for the Queen’s “comfort” as she ages, particularly to protect her from any knee pain. After having two knee surgeries in 2003 to repair some torn cartilage aides have been conscious that they do not want the knee pain to reoccur.
Hence decisions such as using a lift rather than going up the 26 stairs to enter Parliament for the State Opening were made. In addition, the monarch has been advised to give up her beloved hobby of horse riding after feeling some form of “discomfort”, according to reports.
The winter months seem to be tougher on the monarch, as the previous year in 2016, both her and her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh fell ill with heavy colds.
Putting their traditional Christmas plans in jeopardy, the Queen missed both the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene church and New Year’s Day service. Later the Queen described the virus as a “particularly grisly mixture of cold and flu.”
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