Since a night in the hospital almost a year ago for examinations never specified, the queen, in declining health, shows herself more and more rarely.
Queen Elizabeth II has postponed a meeting, her doctors having advised her to rest, Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday September 7. “After a full day yesterday, Her Majesty accepted this afternoon” the advice to rest given by her doctors, explained a spokesman for the Palace. This meeting, which was to take place in the evening in virtual, “will be reorganized”, specified this source.
On Tuesday, the Queen received Boris Johnson at her Scottish residence in Balmoral, who came to present his resignation, then Liz Truss, whom she officially appointed Prime Minister. Footage released by the palace showed the 96-year-old sovereign, smiling and leaning on a cane, shaking hands with the new ruler, who became the 15th head of government in her 70-year reign. Receiving the new head of government at Balmoral was a first for Elizabeth II, who is struggling to get around: the monarch traditionally receives new prime ministers at Buckingham Palace in London.
The postponed meeting on Wednesday was a Privy Council, a royal advisory body that can be attended by hundreds of people, including political and religious leaders. During this Council, Liz Truss along with the new ministers should have been sworn in and also should have been appointed Privy Councilors if they had not already been in the past.
Since a night in the hospital almost a year ago for examinations never specified, the queen, in declining health, shows herself more and more rarely. She delegates an increasing part of her functions to her son Charles, who notably delivered in May in her place for the first time the speech from the throne in Parliament, one of her essential constitutional functions.
In early June, the British had celebrated for four days the 70 years of reign of Elizabeth II, who is the oldest monarch in the world in office. She remained almost absent from this platinum jubilee, showing herself only twice briefly on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of tens of thousands of people. A few weeks later on the other hand, she showed up several times for public appearances in Scotland, appearing smiling and with a cane during an armed forces parade in Edinburgh at the end of June.