Queen is under medical supervision after doctors became concerned about her health this morning, Buckingham Palace revealed today.
The monarch’s close family traveled to Balmoral to be with her after doctors said they were concerned about her health following tests.
The Queen, who is known for her strong physique and nonchalant approach to her rare ailments, is being monitored by doctors.
The 96-year-old, who is Britain’s longest-lived and longest-serving monarch, has felt her health decline since the death of her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on April 9, 2021.
She has had mobility issues that have forced her to pull out of key events – including many platinum jubilee celebrations – opting to attend virtually or send senior royals in her place.
The monarch also spent one night in hospital due to a mysterious illness last autumn.
The Queen and Prince Philip pictured in the Windsor Castle Quadrangle in June 2020, just nine months before his death on 9 April 2021
The Queen waits in the drawing room before receiving Liz Truss for an audience in Balmoral, Scotland, on Tuesday. Today, she is under the supervision of doctors due to concerns about her health
An announcement about the Queen’s health is extremely rare and causes great concern
One of the royal family’s helicopters landed at Balmoral. Charles and Camilla are believed to be there with William on their way from Windsor. Prince Andrew and Princess Anne are expected
The Queen has been dealing with ongoing “episodic mobility problems” dating back to last autumn and now uses a cane. In October 2021, six months after her husband’s death, the monarch used the stick at a service in Westminster Abbey (pictured). It was the first time she had done so at a major public event
MORNING TROUBLE WITH THE QUEEN’S HEALTH
The Queen contracted measles when Prince Charles was two months old in 1949 and had to be separated from her son.
1982: Wisdom tooth extraction
The Queen was first hospitalized in July 1982 when she had her wisdom tooth removed at the private King Edward VII Hospital in central London.
1994: Fractured left wrist
The Queen’s carefree approach to injury and illness was perfectly illustrated in 1994.
She broke her left wrist when her horse tripped while riding on Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
The tear wasn’t diagnosed until nearly 24 hours later, when her arm was x-rayed and put in a cast at the hospital.
It was the first time she had fallen in years, and the Queen simply combed her hair, mounted her horse, and galloped back to Sandringham.
2003: Knee operations
The Queen underwent operations on both knees in 2003.
The first, on Jan. 13, removed torn cartilage from his right knee, and the second, on Dec. 12, was an almost identical procedure on his left knee.
Doctors decided a second operation was necessary shortly after the first, but the procedures were staggered to minimize the impact on her commitments.
March 2013: Gastroenteritis
In 2013, when she was 86, she was treated at King Edward VII Hospital for a nasty bout of gastroenteritis.
It marked the Queen’s first hospital stay in 10 years.
The monarch spent one night in hospital and left, thanking staff and smiling before being taken to Buckingham Palace to rest.
She missed taking part in Swansea when she was due to deliver leeks for St David’s Day to the Royal Welsh 3rd Battalion.
Since 2013: joints hurt
The queen has been suffering from back and joint pain for ten years.
In November 2013, the Duke of Cambridge stepped in to represent the Queen at the Queen’s Accession after she experienced “slight discomfort” in her ankle following a busy weekend of engagements, including a memorial service at the cenotaph.
In 2014, the Prince of Wales stood in for the Queen on duty at the Order of the Bath so she didn’t have to climb up and down the steep steps in full gear.
She turned 90 in 2016, the same year she used the lift instead of the stairs to walk into Parliament for the grand opening, avoiding the 26 steps of the Royal Staircase at the Sovereign’s Entrance.
May 2018: Cataract surgery
The Queen underwent surgery on her eye to remove a cataract.
From October 2021: Episodic mobility issues
The Queen has been dealing with ongoing “episodic mobility problems” dating back to last autumn and now uses a cane.
In October 2021, six months after her husband’s death, the monarch used the stick at a service in Westminster Abbey. It was the first time she had done so at a major public event.
Since Prince Philip’s death, the Queen has struggled to carry out many of her usual personal duties, forcing her to either cancel events or appear via video call.
She refused to serve at Westminster Abbey in March 2022, a significant date in the royal calendar, and did not attend the Maundy Thursday service on April 14.
But she gathered to honor the Duke of Edinburgh at a memorial service on March 29, walking slowly and carefully with a cane and holding onto the Duke of York’s elbow for support.
On May 20, she missed the opening of Parliament for the first time in almost 60 years, with Buckingham Palace citing her absence as “episodic mobility issues”.
The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge opened Parliament on her behalf as Councilors of State, while Charles read the Queen’s Speech for the first time in history.
It is reported that on August 8, the traditional welcome of the Queen at Balmoral Castle by a guard of honor took place behind closed doors. The source said it was in line with events tailored for the monarch’s comfort.
The following month, the Queen skipped the Braemar Gathering, a popular Highland Games event, and the Prince of Wales officially opened the new structure to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
It is clear that the decision was made for the comfort of the head of state.
October 2021: Indicated bed rest
A week into the service, after a busy autumn programme, her doctors ordered her to rest and advised her not to travel to Northern Ireland.
October 2021: Hospitalized for a mysterious illness
The Queen, who was 95 at the time, was secretly admitted to King Edward VII Hospital on the afternoon of 20 October 2021 for a “preliminary investigation”.
She was discharged the next day and had “taken her doctor’s advice to rest for the next few days” and was said to be in “good spirits” doing light duties at her desk in Windsor.
November 2021: Removed from events
Concerns about the Queen’s health increased when she pulled out of a more high-profile engagement in November 2021.
These include the Cop26 Climate Change Summit on November 1 and the Festival of Remembrance on November 12.
Buckingham Palace said the monarch had been advised to continue to rest and not make any official visits.
She had intended to attend Sunday’s memorial service at the Cenotaph on November 13, but missed it due to a sprained back.
February 2022: Covid infection
There were fears for her health when she contracted Covid, she tested positive on February 20, 2022.
The Queen, who had been vaccinated three times at the time, suffered from mild cold-like symptoms but said the virus had left her “very tired and exhausted”.
She continued to perform light duties while self-isolating in Windsor, but canceled some virtual audiences.
June 2022: Discomfort during celebrations
On June 3, a day after rousing crowds on the first day of the platinum jubilee celebrations, the Queen pulled out of the celebrations at St Paul’s Cathedral.
This was due to “discomfort” during the celebration the day before
Understandably, this decision was deemed regrettable, but reasonable due to the length of the journey, time and physical demands of the event.
As the private hospital of King Edward VII – the first choice for the royal family
Many members of the royal family were cared for at King Edward VII’s private hospital.
From the Queen to the late Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother, the exclusive clinic in central London has been the first port of call for ailing members of The Firm for years.
In recent years, the Duke of Edinburgh has been hospitalized several times, and in 2012, the Duchess of Cornwall underwent a hysterectomy at a medical facility.
The first time the Queen was hospitalized with King Edward VII was in July 1982, when she had her wisdom tooth removed.
Police at King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone today, where Philip was initially taken after telling his doctor he was feeling unwell
In 2003, surgeons at the clinic also removed small non-cancerous growths from the monarch’s face and operated on his knee.
Tragedy struck in 2012 when nurse Jacinto Saldanha apparently committed suicide after being duped by two fake callers who called the hospital.
The Duchess of Cambridge was treated in hospital for severe morning sickness when she was pregnant with Prince George and Ms Saldanha, believing the Australian couple were senior royals, took them to a colleague who described Kate’s condition in detail.
Philip was treated in hospital for a short period in 2018 after a planned hospitalization for a pre-existing but undisclosed illness.
Last year, the Duke spent nine days in treatment and physiotherapy after a hip replacement at the facility.
King Edward VII Hospital was established in 1899 by two sisters, Agnes and Fanny Keyser, who converted their home at 17 Grosvenor Crescent into a hospital for sick and wounded officers returning from the Boer War.
King Edward VII became the first patron of the hospital – now the Queen fulfills this role. Edward VII, Charles’s great-great-grandfather, had an affair with Camilla’s great-grandmother Alice Keppel.
The hospital moved to its current location on Beaumont Street in 1948 and in 2000 it changed its name to Sister Agnes Hospital of King Edward VII.