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Royal Family LIVE: Queen soldiering on with 'light duties' - 'doesn't want to disappoint'

The monarch was sent to be seen by specialists in London after she was forced to cancel a royal tour to Northern Ireland. Buckingham Palace has said she was in "good spirits" following preliminary investigations.

It is believed Buckingham Palace had hoped to keep her visit a secret but was forced to confirm it on Thursday.

Now, royal historian, Hugo Vickers, told the Sunday Times: "She was very sensible after Prince Philip died not to disappear.

"At that age, you don’t know how easy it will be to pick it up again.”

He added: “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.”

The Queen's recent hospital visit marked her first overnight stay in eight years.

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Over 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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Royal Family are 'taking control' of their public image with social media campaigns

The Royal Family's relationship with the media is in a "state of flux and transition" as the monarchy builds an online presence with social media, a royal historian has said.

Speaking to the Express.co.uk, Dr Anna Whitelock said: "I certainly think that the relationship between the monarchy and the media is in a state of flux and transition.

"I think in a way, arguably the monarchy has modernised more than certain parts of the media that have been stuck in a somewhat reverential 1950s relationship in the way that they report the monarchy and the royalty.

"I think there is a sense that first of all, the monarchy are taking more control using social media platforms and curating their own communications in that way.

"But also the challenges, particularly in the years to come, in how much the mainstream media are still able to potentially present nuanced public opinion rather than blanket 'this is what the Queen does and the monarchy', without much great critique of whether it's popular and what it does.

"I think there is going to be an interesting renegotiation of the relationship with the monarchy and the media over the next decades."

The Royal Family

The Royal Family (Image: Getty)

Kate's 'guilty confession' to Sir David Attenborough about 'very upset' children

Kate admitted to Sir David Attenborough that her children were "very upset" that they weren't able to see the broadcaster alongside their mother.

When Kate met Sir David for ITV’s 2020 documentary ‘A Planet For Us All’ alongside her husband, the children stayed at home.

The Duchess told Sir David: “The children were very upset that we were coming to see you and they weren’t coming.”

Pod Save the Queen host Ann Gripper pointed out royal children must always feel like they are missing out, whilst their parents are off enjoying all kinds of opportunities.

She said: “I did also really enjoy the little moment when Kate was saying hello to Sir David Attenborough and confessing really guiltily, but also in quite a star-struck way, that ‘our children absolutely love you and they’re really cross they can’t come today’.”

The Cambridges with Sir David Attenborough

The Cambridges with Sir David Attenborough (Image: Getty)

Prince Harry and Prince William’s ‘distance’ started before Meghan

Prince Harry and Prince William's "distance" started long before he met Meghan Markle, a royal expert claimed.

According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, their rift began 20 years ago.

She told the documentary ‘Prince Charles and Prince William: Royal Rivals?’ that things started to change when William went off to study at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

She said: “I think the distance between them started when William went away to university.

“I think Harry found that quite difficult because he’d lost his soulmate, he’d lost his confidante. I know through friends that Harry did find that very difficult, and William would come back at weekends especially to be with Harry.”

Prince Harry and Prince William

Prince Harry and Prince William (Image: PA)

Kate and William much better role models than Meghan and Harry

Prince William and Kate Middleton are far better role models than Prince Harry and Meghan, an exclusive Sunday Express poll has found.

Fewer than one in five still insist on them remaining neutral, with just 19 percent saying they disapprove or strongly disapprove of their views on social and political issues being expressed.

And when asked which couple they view as better role models, a commanding 57 percent chose the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with a mere nine per cent backing the Sussexes.

Cambridges v Sussexes

Cambridges v Sussexes (Image: Getty)

William praised by astronaut for Earthshot Prize success

Astronaut and engineer Naoko Yamazaki was invited to take part in the Earthshot Prize Council and select the contenders for the five Prizes.

"I'm so pleased to be a part of it," she told People Magazine.

The astronaut was glad to partake in a project that has "an ambitious goal [uniting] millions of people and resources together to save our planet."

"We have a global networking of more than 200 global partners of specialists - that kind of networking is very valuable," she said.

"So I really appreciate Prince William's leadership.

"I have been so impressed with him getting an inspiration from space exploration."

Astronaut and engineer Naoko Yamazaki

Astronaut and engineer Naoko Yamazaki (Image: Getty)

Princess Anne makes touching tribute to her father Prince Philip

Princess Anne has joined forces with an engineering institution by introducing a new fund in honour of her late father.

As he passed away earlier this year, the Duke of Edinburgh left behind a legacy of patronages and projects including one at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.

His daughter Princess Anne has now followed in his steps by announcing the Prince Philip Fund.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, the Academy's President, said the institution will always be indebted to Prince Philip for his passion for engineering.

He said: "As we approach our first half century, I am delighted that we are able to mark our Senior Fellow's extraordinary contribution by creating the Prince Philip Fund, to enable our Fellows and partners to create an enduring legacy that reflects his passion for engineering and his desire to inspire others to pursue engineering as a profession."

"[Prince Philip's] support and advocacy for engineering enabled us to grow and thrive as a leading national Academy delivering impact and value through engineering excellence and expertise."

Princess Anne

Princess Anne (Image: Getty)

Prince George's future 'inherently limited'

Prince George's future is "inherently limited" and the young heir will have a "devastating realisation" if he hasn't had it already, a royal expert claimed.

Royal expert Daniela Elser, writing in news.com.au two years ago, said there is “no question” about George’s future.

She said: “From birth, he has been doomed to have very, very little control over how his life will play out.”

William said in 2019 that his eldest son did not know he would be King in the future.

Ms Elser wrote: “The fact that this little boy is now, or will be soon, burdened with the knowledge that his future is inherently limited and bound by responsibility makes me tremendously sad.”

Prince George

Prince George (Image: Splash)

Prince Harry urged to reconsider 'really strange timing' of memoir release

Prince Harry's upcoming memoir is at risk of "overshadowing" the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, which is due to take place next June.

Former royal butler, Grant Harrold told the Express.co.uk: "It's not the best of timing, I'm sure we all know that this celebration was coming up.

"We didn't know maybe when it was all planned, it is possible that he didn't know there was going to be Bank Holidays and things, but I'm going by historically, you'd have looked at the dates and worked it out.

"So it does seem really strange timing and I would have thought that maybe they would have delayed it personally.

"I'd have thought people would have thought 'Do you know what, we'll leave it until the following year after the celebrations are over' , but for whatever reason, they want to put it out."

Prince Harry

Prince Harry (Image: Getty)

Queen feeling ‘knackered’ after ‘constant flow of lunches and dinners’, says insider

Queen Elizabeth II is reportedly feeling "knackered" after a busy schedule packed with lunches and dinners before her hospital stay, a royal insider has claimed.

Royal doctors sent the monarch to be seen by specialists in London on Wednesday afternoon after she was forced to cancel a royal tour.

It is believed the medical team acted out of caution to have her admitted on Wednesday.

Writing in The Times, Royal expert Roya Nikkah quoted palace sources as saying the Queen’s life has been busy with “a constant flow of lunches and dinners with family and friends, because the Queen does not want to dine alone.”

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II (Image: Splash)