The 95-year old Queen on England has been advised to rest for at least two weeks. Elizabeth II remains in “good spirits” and aides said that rest was advised as a precautionary measure. In the meantime, she will undertake “light, desk based duties.”
Buckingham Palace released a statement after the Queen presented the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, virtually to English poet David Constantine. He was at Buckingham Palace, while she was resting at Windsor Castle.
The statement said that the Queen would undertake light duties including granting virtual audiences to ambassadors and more but would not undertaking any official visits. She would not participate in the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday November 13, though she intends to be present at the National Service of Remembrance on November 14, which is Remembrance Sunday.
One royal source told the Daily Mail that the Queen missing Remembrance Day was “just unmissable” as far as the monarch was concerned as she considered her attendance to be “one of her most sacred duties.” The source added that it “would take something very serious indeed” for the Queen “not to attend.”
Another source said that it was the “most inked-in engagement in her diary each year.” She has been unable to attend the event only six times in almost seven decades of her reign. She has missed attendance due to pregnancy or when she was away on tour, in her 69-year reign.
The Queen is known to be a no-nonsense, no-fuss type of person. Her illness have been few. This absence will be one of her longest ones and there is some concern among the public about her health. The Daily Mail reported that she might remain at Windsor for more than two weeks. Her official visits may also be limited beyond the fortnight of rest.
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