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How Queen’s health deteriorated after the loss of ‘her rock’ the Duke of Edinburgh


The Queen is under medical supervision after doctors became concerned about her health this morning, Buckingham Palace announced today.

The Prince of Wales, Camilla and the Duke of Cambridge have traveled to Balmoral to be with the 96-year-old monarch after being informed of her demise.

Palace officials said doctors are “concerned for Her Majesty’s health” after an assessment this morning.

Her medical team advised that the Queen, the longest-living and longest-serving monarch in British history, be kept under medical supervision.

Prince Andrew and Princess Anne are both expected in Scotland with one of the Royal Family’s helicopters set to land on the grounds of Her Majesty’s Scottish home this morning.

A royal spokesman said: “Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned about Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and in Balmoral.’

The Queen is known for her strong constitution and no hassle with her rare diseases.

But her health has deteriorated since the death of her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, on April 9, 2021.

The Queen and Prince Philip pictured in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle ahead of June 2020, just nine months before he died

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 over health concerns

A statement about the queen's health is exceptionally rare and raises great concern

A statement about the queen’s health is exceptionally rare and raises great concern

One of the Royal Family's helicopters has landed on Balmoral.  It is believed that Charles and Camilla are there with William on their way from Windsor.  Prince Andrew and Princess Anne are both expected

One of the Royal Family’s helicopters has landed on Balmoral. It is believed that Charles and Camilla are there with William on their way from Windsor. Prince Andrew and Princess Anne are both expected


1949: Measles

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 first time the Queen was actually hospitalized was in July 1982 when a wisdom tooth was extracted at the private clinic of King Edward VII Hospital in central London.

1994: Broken left wrist

The queen’s no-nonsense approach to injury and illness was perfectly illustrated in 1994.

She broke her left wrist when her horse tripped while riding at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

The fracture was not diagnosed until almost 24 hours later when her arm was X-rayed and put in a cast at a hospital.

It was the first time she had fallen in many years and the Queen had simply brushed herself off, put herself back on her horse and trotted back to Sandringham.

2003: knee surgeries

The Queen underwent surgery on both her knees in 2003.

The first, on January 13, removed torn cartilage from her right knee, while the second, on December 12, was an almost identical procedure for her left knee.

Doctors decided the second surgery was needed shortly after the first, but the procedures were spread out to minimize the impact on her commitments.

March 2013: Gastroenteritis

She was treated at King Edward VII’s Hospital for a nasty bout of gastroenteritis in 2013, when she was 86.

It was the Queen’s first hospital stay in 10 years.

The monarch spent a night in hospital and left the staff grateful and smiling before being driven to Buckingham Palace to rest.

She missed a fight in Swansea when she had to hand over St David’s Day leeks to 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh.

From 2013: Painful joints

The Queen has suffered from back and joint pain for ten years.

In November 2013, the Duke of Cambridge stepped in to represent the Queen at an investiture ceremony after she suffered some ‘mild discomfort’ to her ankle after a busy weekend of engagements, including the memorial service at the cenotaph.

In 2014, the Prince of Wales replaced the Queen for part of the Order of the Bath service to avoid having to make an extra trip up and down some steep stairs in full dress.

She turned 90 in 2016 and the same year she used the elevator instead of the stairs to enter parliament for the state opening, avoiding the 26 steps of the royal staircase at the sovereign’s entrance.

May 2018: Cataract surgery

The Queen underwent eye surgery to remove a cataract.

From October 2021: Episodic mobility problems

The Queen has struggled with persistent ‘episodic mobility issues’ dating back to last fall and now uses a walking stick.

In October 2021, six months after her husband’s death, the Queen used the cane at a service at Westminster Abbey. It was the first time she did that on a major public commission.

Since Prince Philip’s death, the Queen has struggled to perform many of her usual personal duties, forcing her to withdraw from events or appear via video calls.

She withdrew from Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March 2022, an important date in the royal calendar, and did not attend 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 using a cane and holding onto the Duke of York’s elbow for support.

On May 20, she missed the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in nearly 60 years, with Buckingham Palace attributing her absence to “episodic mobility issues.”

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge opened Parliament on her behalf as Councilor of State, with Charles reading the Queen’s speech for the first time.

On August 8, the Queen’s traditional welcome at Balmoral Castle was held privately by a guard of honour. A source said this was in line with events being modified for the monarch’s comfort.

The following month, the Queen missed the Braemar Gathering, the popular Highland Games event, and the Prince of Wales officially opened a new structure in honor of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

It is clear that the decision was made for the comfort of the head of state.

October 2021: Bed rest ordered

A week after the shift, following a busy autumn schedule, her doctors ordered her to rest and advised her to cancel a trip to Northern Ireland.

October 2021: hospitalization due to mysterious illness

The Queen, then 95 years old, was secretly admitted to King Edward VII’s hospital on 20 October 2021 to undergo ‘preliminary examinations’.

She was discharged the next day and “accepted medical 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: Withdrawn from events

Concerns for the Queen’s health rose when she withdrew from more high-profile engagements in November 2021.

These include the Cop26 Summit on Climate Change on November 1 and the Festival of Remembrance on November 12.

Buckingham Palace said the monarch had been advised to rest and not make any official visits.

She had planned to attend the memorial service at the Cenotaph on November 13, but missed it due to a sprained back.

February 2022: Covid infection

There was fear for her health when she contracted Covid and tested positive on February 20, 2022.

The queen, who was then vaccinated three times, suffered from mild cold symptoms but said the virus made her “very tired and exhausted.”

She continued with light duties while self-isolating in Windsor, but canceled some virtual spectators.

June 2022: Discomfort during parties

On June 3, a day after an exciting crowd on the first day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Queen withdrew from a celebration at St Paul’s Cathedral.

This was due to the suffering of ‘discomfort’ during the previous day’s celebrations

The decision was deemed regrettable, understandably, but wise due to the length of the journey, the time involved and the physical demands of the event.

How Private King Edward VII’s Hospital Is The Royal Family’s First Choice

Many royals have been cared for in the private King Edward VII’s Hospital.

From the Queen to the late Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother, the exclusive clinic in central London has been the first point of contact for sick members of The Firm for years.

The Duke of Edinburgh has been hospitalized a number of times in recent years and the Duchess of Cornwall had a hysterectomy at the medical facility in 2012.

The first time the Queen was hospitalized was in King Edward VII’s in July 1982 when a wisdom tooth was extracted.

Police today at King Edward VII's Hospital in Marylebone, where Philip was initially taken after telling his doctor he was feeling unwell

Police today at King Edward VII’s Hospital in Marylebone, where Philip was initially taken after telling his doctor he was feeling unwell

In 2003, the clinic’s surgeons also removed small noncancerous growths from the frost’s face and operated on her knee.

Tragedy struck in 2012 when nurse Jacintha Saldanha apparently committed suicide after being duped by two fake callers who had called the hospital.

The Duchess of Cambridge was treated in hospital for severe morning sickness when pregnant with Prince George, and Ms Saldanha – assuming the Australian couple were senior royals – put them through to a colleague who described Kate’s condition in detail.

Philip was treated in hospital for a short period in 2018 following a scheduled admission for a pre-existing but undisclosed condition.

The year before, the Duke had been undergoing treatment and physio after a hip replacement for nine days in the institution.

King Edward VII’s Hospital was founded 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 hospital’s first patron – a role now filled by the Queen. 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 title to King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes.

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