LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II is undergoing medical observation at Balmoral Castle after doctors became concerned about her health, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday. Her family travels to Scotland to stay by her side.
All of the Queen’s children, including Prince Charles, were either at her bedside or on their way.
The statement came a day after the palace announced that the Queen had canceled a meeting with the Privy Council following a doctor’s recommendation to rest.
The statement may have been vague in detail, but the fact that it was issued says a lot. The palace usually gives minimal information about her health.
Britain’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, murmured“The news from Buckingham Palace this lunch break will deeply concern the whole country.”
Last fall, the Queen spent a night in hospital — the stay only came to light after Britain’s The Sun newspaper broke the story. As a monarch, the Queen is a constant reassuring presence in people’s lives, and signs of medical problems are taken very seriously.
On Tuesday, the Queen met with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who submitted his resignation and invited Truss to form a new government. The Queen was photographed with Truss in the drawing room of Balmoral, the royal residence where the Queen usually spends her summer vacations.
News of concern for the Queen’s health quickly spread.
Moment of the Palace statement, Speaker of the House Lindsey Hoyle said the British Parliament had the monarch in its thoughts and prayers.
“When I say my best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen, I know I’m speaking on behalf of the entire House of Commons,” Hoyle said.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: @churchofengland And the country is with Her Majesty today. ”
The Queen has been planning her succession for some time. Charles, the longest-serving man in history, has stepped in more and more for the Queen: he held the opening of the state legislatures in May, the Commonwealth Games in August, and the opening of his COP26 climate conference last fall. I did.
Earlier this year, which marks the 70th anniversary of her accession to the British throne, the Queen said she wanted Camilla to be known as “The Queen” when Prince Charles becomes King.