Queen says she ‘can’t move’ as she holds in-person hearing
Her Majesty The Queen became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee this month, marking 70 years of service to the UK and its people. To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, a number of events and initiatives are planned throughout the year and across the country. They will end with a four-day holiday weekend from June 2 to 5.
Initiatives such as The Queen’s Green Canopy and the Platinum Pudding Competition will create a lasting reminder of the Queen’s Jubilee, while the Queen’s private estates will also join in special Jubilee-themed events providing more opportunities for the public. to celebrate this historic milestone.
Fears over the Queen’s health emerged just before Christmas last year after she was told to rest and refrain from her usually busy schedule.
Even before that, she had reduced her public appearances considerably and mainly resided at Windsor Castle.
In recent weeks, however, after recovering, the monarch has been spotted in the community, including earlier this month when she met members of the Women’s Institute and local charities in Norfolk on the eve of her membership day, February 6.
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Wearing a stunning powder blue Angela Kelly dress embellished with a white flower pattern as she beamed at the reception in the Sandringham ballroom, the Queen appeared in good spirits and joked with guests while cutting a cake specially designed to mark the occasion.
Russel Myers, speaking on the podcast, ‘Pod saves the queen‘, who is currently hosted by Zoe Forsey, noted that her appearance quashed any suggestion that her health was ill.
He said: “She looked very good, she looked very lively.
“It was the day before when she was opening some of the artifacts from previous jubilees, when she was sitting in the chair and the dog came in […] she was seated so there were some whispers about the queen not being up, that she might be struggling even though she looked pretty good.
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“But the next day when she went to this engagement, meeting people from the local Sandringham community, she looked very, very upbeat, which of course is good news because of her health issues in the past.”
He said he was told by palace sources that the Queen was “feeling fine” following her doctor’s advice late last year.
He added: “[They say] she took doctor’s orders on board, needed to rest before and after Christmas, and we’ll likely see her at a series of events in March.
“There will be a Commonwealth Day, ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service where many people will turn out, there is a lot to look forward to.
“Not that there are three lines [whip] or they say she’s definitely going to be there.
“She is expected and intends to be at these events throughout March.”
The podcast hosts noted that the tea party engagement was her first in about three months, as she was no longer making investitures, with Prince Charles and Prince William taking over.
Mr Myers said: ‘And again we had seen her a bit near Sandringham, she hadn’t been photographed walking, she had been photographed in the car driving, so she didn’t hadn’t walked the dogs or photographed them walking at least.
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“Again, these pictures tell the truth about what is really going on and that is that she feels much better.”
Ms Forsey pointed out that although the Queen had a cane in the photos, she did not appear to be using it much.
She also drew attention to the fact that it was Prince Philip’s cane rather than the one she had previously used.
Ms Forsey laughed as she said it reminded royal fans of “the difference in height” between the Queen and her late husband.
At the Women’s Institute, when told the cake was spilled for the benefit of photographers, the Queen joked: “Oh, so they see.
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“I don’t mind, I don’t matter.”
She also left her guests laughing, telling them, “I’m going to put the knife in, see if it works,” before adding, “someone else can finish it off.”
The Queen was just 25 when she began her reign after the death of her father, King George VI.
She, like him, was never destined to be in the line of succession.
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But when George’s brother King Edward VIII abdicated in 1936, their side of the family was put into position.
The Sandringham event was the Queen’s biggest in-person public engagement before her health worries.
She usually spends the anniversary of her accession to the throne in private, but this year made history with the afternoon tea.
The occasion will be more poignant for the Queen this year as it is her first without Prince Philip following his death last April.
During the event, the Queen stopped to chat with a group of former Sandringham Estate employees and said, “I haven’t seen you in a very long time.”