A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth II’s doctors were “concerned” about her health and were keeping her under medical supervision.
The 96-year-old king of England was assessed on Thursday morning, a spokesman said in a statement. The Queen is staying at her home at Balmoral in Scotland, where she “remains comfortable”, the statement added.
An official spokesman for Prince Charles and Camilla confirmed they had arrived at Balmoral, while a spokesman for Prince William said at lunchtime that he was “on a Balmoral tour”, indicating he was in a hurry. withdrew at her grandmother’s side.
The Daily Beast has reached out to Prince Harry’s spokesman to ask if he will be making the trip to Scotland.
The alarming news came after the queen was image using a walking stick while anointing Liz Truss as the UK’s new prime minister on Tuesday.
“The whole country will be deeply interested in news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime,” Truss wrote in a tweet posted shortly after the queen’s health statement was released. “My thoughts – and those of people across our UK – are of the Queen and Her Majesty’s family at this time.”
The first public sign on Thursday that the queen could be gravely ill came when, amid fierce debate over Britain’s energy crisis, Truss and her counterpart, Sir Keir Starmer, abruptly leave the chambers of the House of Commons.
Buckingham Palace then acted quickly to issue an official statement saying that, although the doctors were “concerned for Her Majesty’s well-being” she “remains comfortable.” Official sources have dismissed suggestions she has fallen, but have made no attempt to deny the gravity of the situation.
Concerns about the queen’s health have steadily increased in recent months following a series of unusually canceled events and location changes.
The palace has repeatedly declined to provide what it calls “running commentary” on the queen’s health and has only acknowledged that she is suffering from “epochal mobility issues.”
However, she has appeared increasingly struggling with her health since October, when she canceled a trip to Northern Ireland. Then it emerged that she had spent a night in the hospital and had indeterminate tests.
At the last minute, she canceled a scheduled appearance at the Veterans Memorial Sunday service because of a back issue.
After that, she was only seen on a few occasions before her platinum jubilee celebration in June of this year, when, contrary to expectations, she appeared three times.
But worrying signs of declining health resurfaced this week.
Traditionally, the queen’s meeting with the new prime minister – an ancient ritual known as a “kiss hand” – takes place at Buckingham Palace, but Tuesday’s meeting with Truss was moved to Balmoral for the first time. in history.
And Thursday’s dramatic news also came after the queen’s spokeswoman said on Wednesday that she had canceled a virtual meeting of the Privy Council – an advisory body to the British monarch – that had Doctor advised to rest. A source said at the time that “there was no hospital or anything involved.”
The palace tried to downplay the importance of Wednesday’s cancellation, saying the queen was tired after “all day” on Tuesday during Truss’ appointment as prime minister.