The Queen’s short-term cancellation fueled speculation about her health


When Queen Elizabeth II ascended the British throne in 1952 at the age of only 21, she made the following promise to her compatriots: “I will put my whole life, be it short or long, at your service.” The extremely dutiful British monarch always took this promise very seriously. Therefore, the number of appointments that the 95-year-old monarch had to cancel is very manageable.

The fact that the Queen has been so withdrawn since her hospital stay last October and avoided the public has fueled speculation about her state of health, especially since she canceled her participation in the traditional Remembrance Sunday ceremony on Sunday at short notice – the commemoration of the Fallen of their country and the Commonwealth. This ceremony, which she had attended for the past 22 years, was always very important to the Queen.

Even the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson now had to move out to calm the population: He told journalists that he visited the Queen at Windsor Castle last Wednesday. She is doing “very well”. He knows “that everyone wants to express their best wishes to the Queen,” said Johnson. He just wants to “calm everyone down”.

Will the Queen step down?

Aristocracy experts and observers suspect that “we will see the Queen less and less in the future”. At the same time, Prince Charles will take on more and more tasks. The 73-year-old last represented his mother at the COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow. And yesterday Prince Charles and his wife Camilla (74) went on a four-day state visit to Jordan and Egypt.

Relay handover to Egypt

The next UN climate summit, the COP27, is scheduled to take place in the North African country in 2022. The visit is therefore a kind of handover from the current host (Glasgow) to the next. Charles has been committed to protecting the environment for decades.

The prince has been taking on trips abroad for his mother for a long time. His last major autumn tour took him to India, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands in the Pacific around 2019. The queen has refrained from long-distance travel for years.


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