The Queen, who was recently pictured using a walking stick for support for the first time in decades, has just had to cancel an upcoming visit to Northern Ireland due to 'medical reasons'. Little more detail has been given but it's thought to be unrelated to the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
A statement has been shared on the decision by Buckingham Palace and adds that Her Majesty is disappointed to have to cull her trip, and that she is accepting the advice from her doctor 'reluctantly'.
"The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days," the statement reads. "Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow.
"The Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland and looks forward to visiting in the future."
The BBC's royal correspondent, Daniela Relph, has commented on the significant choice of wording from the Palace, pointing out that it is deliberately not wanting to cause any alarm concerning Her Majesty's health.
"She has had a busy schedule of engagements over the past couple of weeks that would test the resilience of many people far younger than her," said Relph after the announcement was made. "I saw her last Tuesday at an event at Westminster Abbey. It was the first time she had used a walking stick in public. She also took a shorter route into the Abbey, [which] we were told this was 'for her own comfort', but she still looked incredibly well and engaged for a 95-year-old."
It seems that the Queen is also very much of the mindset that you're only as young as you feel, as she recently turned down the award for Oldie of the Year via a charming letter sent by her private secretary.
The note added, "As such, the Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept the award, and hopes you will find a more worthy recipient."
Here's to sending the Queen our very best wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery.
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