Elizabeth II received a visit from Liz Truss, the new British Prime Minister.
A snapshot of this meeting has been unveiled.
The hands of the sovereign challenged internet users.
Does the Queen of England have any health issues?
Elizabeth II has been discreet for several months. It is very rare that the Queen of England makes public appearances and, when she does, these make a lot of noise. This Tuesday, September 6, it is in her castle of Balmoral, in Scotland, that the sovereign received the visit of Liz Truss, the new British Prime Minister. A meeting that was immortalized by a photographer whose snapshot was shared on social networks. However, if the British were delighted to see their queen, a physical detail challenged them. Many have wondered what happened to his hand. On this one, you can see a huge bruise, which suggests that Elizabeth II would have hurt herself. “She appears to be suffering from blood circulation issues…her hands are blue,” one user wrote. A second, for his part, spoke of his own experience with his parents: “My father’s and my mother’s were like that too. I think it’s because with age, the skin becomes thinner and therefore scores more easily,” he said. The British Royal Palace has not yet given any details regarding the Queen’s state of health.
This is not the first time that the hands of the sovereign challenge. On November 17, 2021, she was spotted in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle with British Chief of Staff Nick Carter. For the occasion, she was dressed in a green, orange and white floral dress and wore a pearl necklace. Something to reassure the British… or not. Many had pointed to his hands, which were purple and a little swollen. “I’m glad she’s fine but her hands are purple and swollen,” one user wrote. Two days earlier, it was Boris Johnson who had given reassuring news about her. “I know that everyone sends their best wishes to Her Majesty, the Queen. I just want to reassure everyone. I saw the Queen last Wednesday in Windsor and she is doing very well”, he had indicated in the columns from the Daily Mail before adding: “I shouldn’t have to say this, but I wanted to tell you anyway”. Does Elizabeth II simply have blood circulation problems because of her advanced age?
Elizabeth II: a queen whose state of health worries the British
For several months, Elizabeth II has been at the center of attention. Her health worries the royal family a lot, but also the British, who are waiting for any news about her. In October 2021, she had spent a night in the hospital. Back in Windsor, she was forced, a few weeks later, to decline her participation in Remembrance Sunday, an event that is close to her heart. The reason ? Back problems. “The Queen, having sprained her back, decided this morning with great regret that she will not be able to attend today’s Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. Thus, a wreath had been placed at the Cenotaph memorial on behalf of the Queen by her eldest son, Prince Charles. Two days later, Elizabeth II had canceled her participation in the General Synod, the National Assembly of the Church of England. Cancellations that have been very noticed and commented on by the British, worried.
In recent months, every appearance of Elizabeth II has been scrutinized in great detail. Aged 96, the sovereign has chained cancellations, whether public appearances, videoconferences and planned events, which has increased the concern of the British. On February 10, the British royal family announced that Prince Charles tested positive for the virus. It was also stated that he had been in contact with his mother two days earlier. Thus, it is no surprise that, a few days later, it was Elizabeth II who tested positive. Quickly, it was good news about her that had been given by Buckingham Palace, assuring that the sovereign was resting and that she had “no symptoms”. A few months later, she was present on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee, to the delight of the British.
Elizabeth II: a committed sovereign
Elizabeth II is aging and her state of health is deteriorating, like all elderly people. However, the sovereign does not forget her commitments to the British and it was out of the question for her not to be present on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee. This took place from June 2 to 5, 2022 to celebrate the 70 years of reign of Queen Elizabeth II. For this special occasion, many festivities have been organized, including the Trooping the Color parade, the Epsom Derby and the Big Jubilee Lunch, a giant concert announced by Buckingham Palace. The British were eagerly awaiting to see their sovereign again and so she made a few appearances. From the balcony of her palace, she greeted the 1,800 soldiers and musicians present on the first day. She appeared alongside the royal family and was very complicit with Prince Louis, whose attitude caused a lot of talk. During the closing ceremony, Elizabeth II had again made a surprise appearance to greet the crowd present. An attention that had touched them a lot and that had allowed them to see the queen for a few minutes.
Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee spanned several days and many festivities took place. However, the sovereign hardly participated in it because of her state of health. During the second day, Kate Middleton had been challenged by journalists during a reception organized at Guildhall. It was no surprise that she had been questioned about the absence of the Queen of England. “Elizabeth II is fine,” she said at first. While she was unable to leave her residence to participate in the traditional Trooping the Color military parade, which kicked off the festivities, the Duchess of Cambridge assured that all this was just “very tiring” for Elizabeth II but that she had however “had a very good time”. Since then, the sovereign has only made a few public appearances since her schedule has been adapted so that she can rest.
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