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September 29, 2022

Covid, Sprained Back, Mobility Issues: What We Know About The Queen’s Health In Recent Months

Covid, Sprained Back, Mobility Issues: What We Know About The Queen’s Health In Recent Months  ForbesView Full Coverage on Google News

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Queen Elizabeth II was placed under medical supervision Thursday morning as immediate members of Britain’s Royal Family traveled to her residence in Scotland to be with the 96-year-old queen, who has suffered a string of medical setbacks in recent months.

Key Facts

The Queen “remains comfortable” at her residence in Balmoral, although doctors are concerned about her health, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

Earlier this week, she met with new Prime Minister Liz Truss at her home in Scotland, as mobility issues prompted her to cancel a trip to London, where the monarch typically appoints prime ministers— coming just days after she missed the Braemar Games in Scotland, instead staying at Balmoral while her son, Prince Charles, attended the event.

In June, she missed a church service celebrating her Platinum Jubilee, marking her 70th year on the throne, due to physical discomfort.

In February, she tested positive for Covid-19, experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms,” according to Buckingham Palace officials, after Prince Charles also tested positive in a string of cases around the Royal Family—she announced weeks later she would move permanently from Buckingham Palace in London to her quieter residence at Windsor Castle.

The 96-year-old queen missed a service in London honoring Britain’s fallen veterans last November after she sprained her back, spending a night at a hospital for medical tests.

She was hospitalized last October, calling off a trip to Northern Ireland at the request of her medical advisors as doctors conducted “preliminary investigations”—she returned to Windsor Castle one day later.

Key Background

British officials announced in November the Queen had entered a “new phase” of her historic 70-year reign, retiring to a more private life and taking a step back from public events. Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in British history, having held the title of queen since 1952. Her husband of 73 years, Prince Phillip, died last year.

What We Don’t Know

Whether the queen will make a comeback. Her oldest son, 73-year-old Prince Charles, is next in line to the throne. Buckingham Palace officials have not stated what is causing the queen’s current condition.

Further Background

Queen Under Medical Supervision As Doctors Are ‘Concerned For Her Health’ (Forbes)

What we know about the Queen’s health (CNN)

Live Updates: Queen Elizabeth II Under Medical Supervision as Health Concerns Grow (New York Times)