Royal family are helping keep Queen Elizabeth young says expert
Royal doctors sent the monarch to be seen by specialists in London on Wednesday afternoon after she was forced to cancel a royal tour. Buckingham Palace said she was in "good spirits" following preliminary investigations during her visit to hospital.
The Palace said: “Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today (Thursday) and remains in good spirits.”
It is believed the medical team acted out of caution to have her admitted on Wednesday.
On doctor's advice, the Queen cancelled a two-day trip to Northern Ireland.
Concerns were raised when she started to use a walking stick on engagements at Westminster Abbey and the Welsh Parliament this month.
Queen to continue with big duties
Queen seen with a walking stick
And now, royal biographer, Ingrid Seward, claimed the Queen will continue to undertake the bigger royal engagements but will hand over the smaller ones.
She told the Mail on Sunday: "She doesn’t want to end up constantly in hospital because she is exhausted.
"She will have to do all the big events.
"It’s the smaller events that she can hand over."
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The Queen's recent hospital visit marked her first overnight stay in eight years.
During her 69-year reign the Queen has managed to avoid any severe health issues, in fact everyone is in awe of her ability to keep up with royal duties as well as she does.
The last time she was hospitalised was in 2013, due to suffering symptoms of gastroenteritis - a condition that causes diarrhoea and vomiting.
Since then she has visited her private hospital - King Edward VII for a routine health check-up.
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Although this seems relatively normal for someone of the monarch’s age, at the time speculation surrounding her health grew.
Again in 2016 the Queen’s health was thrown into question when she was forced to delay Christmas travel plans due to her and her husband Prince Philip suffering from “heavy colds".
Due to what was probably natural winter cold and flu, the royal couple had to spend the festive period at Sandringham rather than their usual residence of King’ Lynn.
Most notably, the Queen was admitted for surgery back in 2003. The operation aimed to remove torn cartilage in her right knee and two small lesions on her face.
Camilla and Prince Charles
This procedure followed a similar operation on her other knee at the beginning of the same year and was said to be a result of natural degradation - not a specific fall or injury.
In order to maintain her impeccable health record, the Queen is constantly given the best health advice.
Sources told Vanity Fair on October 14 that doctors had told the Queen to not drink alcohol except on special occasions so that she will maintain her health in order to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in June 2022.
A friend of the royal family told Vanity Fair: “It’s not really a big deal for her, she is not a big drinker but it seems a trifle unfair that at this stage in her life she’s having to give up one of very few pleasures.”
The medical advice comes days after the Queen was seen in public with a cane for the first time in 17 years - the last time being in 2003 after her knee surgeries.
When attending the Service of Thanksgiving in Westminster Abbey on October 12 and again later at the opening of the Welsh Parliament the monarch was handed a walking stick as she emerged from the car.
The use of the walking stick was understood to be for the monarch’s comfort.
The Queen has returned to conducting "light duties" this weekend, according to the Sunday Times.
Royal historian and author Hugo Vickers said: “The problem is that the Queen does not want to disappoint people. She can say no to people, but by and large she doesn’t. What you’ve got to do is pace her.”