United Kingdom: The State of Health of Queen Elizabeth II Becomes Worrying

Concern gripped the UK on Thursday, with Queen Elizabeth II’s doctors saying to themselves “concerned” by her state of health, while her family gathered at Balmoral Castle in Scotland where she is. The doctors “recommended that she be placed under medical supervision” Buckingham Palace said Thursday.

The monarch of record longevity and immense popularity, whose UK celebrated 70 years of reign in June, saw his health deteriorate since a night in the hospital almost a year ago, for reasons never specified. She now appeared only rarely in public, her services evoking episodic mobility problemsand delegated more and more functions to his direct heirs, Charles and William. “Following a further assessment this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remains under medical supervision. The Queen continues to feel comfortable and stays at Balmoral”the palace said in a brief statement.

His family has been notified of his condition, the Press Association reported. His heir Charles, 73, arrived with his wife Camila at Balmoral, where the Queen spends the end of the summer every year. His grand-son Williamsecond in the line of succession, was expected at the scene.

In her last public appearance, the Queen formalized Tuesday the appointment of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, his 15th head of government in 70 years of reign. She had decided to stay at Balmoral instead of returning to London where the transition between Prime Ministers usually takes place, due to his health problems.

Images released by the palace showed the smiling sovereign and leaning on a cane, shaking hands with the new ruler. “The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news coming out of Buckingham Palace this afternoon”tweeted Liz Truss. “My thoughts – and those of everyone in the UK – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family”.

Many political leaders have sent their wishes for recovery to the sovereign. The head of government was speaking in parliament before the palace reported on the deterioration in health of the sovereign. She left the House of Commons after receiving a note. On Wednesday evening, the palace announced that the queen had postponed an online meeting after her doctors advised her to rest. Already in May, his son Charles had pronounced in his place for the first time the throne speech in Parliament, one of its essential constitutional functions.

At the beginning of June, the British had celebrated for four days the 70 years of reign ofElizabeth II, who is the world’s oldest sitting monarch. She remained almost absent from this platinum jubilee, showing herself only twice briefly on the balcony of the buckingham palace in front of tens of thousands of people. A few weeks later, however, she showed up several times for public appearances in Scotlandappearing smiling and with a cane during an armed forces parade in Edinburgh end of June. The decline of the health of the queen, who came to the throne on February 6, 1952, at the age of 25, after the death of her father George VIhas revived questions about the future of the monarchy.

The institution was shaken by a series of scandals in recent months: accusations of sexual assault in the United States against his son andrewwhich put an end to it by disbursing millions of dollars, as well as allegations of racism targeting the royal family, from his grandson Harry and his wife Meghan Marklenow settled in California and cold with the rest of the family.

The post-Elizabeth II period promises to be more complicated with Charles, whose popularity is much lower. The British prefer Prince William and his wife Kate to him.

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