Queen Elizabeth continues to set new precedents in balancing her duties as monarch with the realities of aging. According to Buckingham Palace, she has mostly been suffering from episodic mobility problems. Although the queen’s condition isn’t ideal, a source told the Daily Mail that her age is 96.
Amid a series of ups and downs in her health in the past few months, royal fans were thrilled to see the queen return to horseback riding, her favorite pastime. After the news that she would not be able to attend a welcome public celebration during her Scottish holiday, concerns about the queen’s health returned at the beginning of August.
The Daily Mail reported that Elizabeth spends more time resting because of her diminished mobility, confirmed by a source who told the publication that the monarch has been experiencing “a change in the past few weeks.” Buckingham Palace revised the queen’s job description after she could not officially open Parliament due to mobility problems.
Instead of 13 requirements for the Head of State, the new, more flexible version includes parliamentary and diplomatic duties,” The Telegraph. Even though she can have other senior royals take on some of the responsibilities, she wishes to do some of them herself. The monarch may be able to achieve a historic first due to her desire and health challenges.
A ceremony known as the “kissing of the hands” will be held on September 6 between Queen Elizabeth and Boris Johnson, who has resigned as Prime Minister. The Queen formally received a resigned British prime minister, to date in person. Her Majesty asks the incoming prime minister to form a new government, Joe Little, Managing Editor at Majesty Magazine, told Town & Country.
The individual is said to have ‘kissed hands’ when accepting the offer, but he or she does not kiss hands anymore. As a tradition, the ceremony takes place in Buckingham Palace. As Elizabeth has mobility issues, politicians may travel for the meeting and meet with her at Balmoral Castle, where she has been on vacation since the end of July.
Despite being advised not to travel, the queen is adamant that she appoints the Prime Minister. Nevertheless, it is ultimately the queen’s decision, the source said. Prince Charles can perform some tasks on her behalf, but the queen is determined to appoint the Prime Minister herself.
Despite arriving in Scotland on July 21, Queen Elizabeth has not been spotted publicly since arriving at Balmoral. This year, the holiday has been particularly quiet for the queen. Moreover, The Daily Telegraph reports that Elizabeth hasn’t attended Crathie Kirk, the local church.
In the past, her car was often seen every week as she attended services. Due to this lack of visibility, questions about her health have lingered. A key indicator of the queen’s well-being is the upcoming Braemar Games, typically held on the first weekend in September.
The Daily Mail reports that the Highland Games are among the highlights of Scotland’s queen’s social calendar. Sunrise royal editor Rob Jobson told 7 News, “I think it will be significant if she doesn’t attend.” She has mobility problems that make it difficult for her to stand up.