Ever since the Queen confessed that she “couldn’t move” last month, royal followers have become increasingly concerned about her health.
Her Majesty reluctantly chose to miss the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey for the first time in a decade.
According to a royal expert, our monarch gets frustrated with her ageing body, but she has two words for anyone who suggests she should rest!
Robert Hardman, author of Queen of our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II tells OK! : “In 2017 she attended the Queen’s Young Leaders event at Buckingham Palace. 50 talented young people received a scroll and got to chat with the Queen in the ballroom.
“They put a chair out where it was expected she would sit. But as she walked in, she gave this chair a really withering look and then just put her handbag on it as if to say, ‘I’m not sitting!’”
And it’s not the first time she’s taken a stand against sitting. Robert recalls: “Someone I know had dinner with her recently. They were faffing around and asked, ‘Ma’am, would you like a chair?’
“She replied very pointedly, ‘I’ll stand’. And that was it.”
Her Majesty has been spotted with a trusty walking stick at recent events and is thought to have not been well enough to walk her Corgis around the grounds of Windsor Castle this year.
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Following a ‘precautionary’ choice to remain absent from the Commonwealth Service on Monday, our determined Queen declared to the nation in a statement: “In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it has given me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947, that my life will always be devoted in service.”
She also shared hopes for the future: “In these testing times, it is my hope that you can draw strength and inspiration from what we share, as we work together towards a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for all.”
While her mind is still sharp as a tack, her lack of mobility has been a tricky change to navigate, says Robert.
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“The Queen finds it intensely frustrating because she’s always been an outdoors person.
“It’s extraordinary when you think about it, that into her 90s she’d be riding on a regular basis.
“She’s spent her whole life adapting. Now she’s adapting to the fact that she’s not as mobile as she used to be.”
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