Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II ‘under medical supervision’, palace says

LONDON — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is “under medical supervision” as “doctors are concerned” about her health, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday.

“Following a further assessment this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remains under medical supervision,” the palace said. “The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”

The 96-year-old monarch spent the summer at Balmoral Castle, the royal family’s estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. A royal source told ABC News on Thursday that immediate family members have been briefed on the current situation.

The Queen’s eldest child, Charles, Prince of Wales; and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; as well as the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, are already at Balmoral, according to their respective spokespersons. Meanwhile, the Queen’s other sons, Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; as well as Edward’s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex; Charles’s two sons, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex; as well as Harry’s wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are all on their way to Balmoral, their respective spokespersons have confirmed.

The Queen canceled a meeting of her Privy Council on Wednesday and was asked to rest, a source at Buckingham Palace told ABC News. At the time, the palace did not comment on the Queen’s health beyond saying she was following doctors’ advice to rest.

In this file photo taken June 28, 2022, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II waves as she attends an armed forces loyalty parade at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Following the Palace’s announcement on Thursday, British Prime Minister Liz Truss took to Twitter to say her “thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our UK – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this moment”.

“The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime,” Truss said. tweeted.

Truss, who was recently chosen as the new leader of the UK’s ruling Conservative Party, had an audience with the Queen at Balmoral Castle on Tuesday, where she was formally asked to form a new government as Prime Minister after the official resignation of Boris Johnson. It was the first time in the Queen’s 70-year reign that the handover ceremony was held at Balmoral, rather than Buckingham Palace in London.

The Queen has battled several health issues over the past year, including COVID-19 and an overnight hospital stay for what Buckingham Palace described at the time as “preliminary enquiries”.

PICTURED: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waits to meet the new leader of the Conservative Party and Britain's Prime Minister-elect at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, Scotland September 6, 2022.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II waits to meet the new leader of the Conservative Party and Britain’s Prime Minister-elect at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, Scotland on September 6, 2022.

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In July, the British newspaper The Telegraph reported that Buckingham Palace had changed the details of the Queen’s job description in its annual report, replacing the “Queen’s engagement programme” with “more general visits to royal programs. Instead, members of the royal family, including Charles, the heir apparent to the British throne, will step in and support some of his duties.

A palace source told ABC News at the time that the changes were not “drastic” but a small update. The Sovereign Grant report says the Queen’s role still includes two key elements: Head of State and Head of Nation, which means that as Head of State she “must fulfill” specific functions.

In May, Charles stood in for his mother when she missed the opening of Parliament due to mobility issues. It was the first time in six decades that she was not present. Instead, her crown was placed next to Charles.

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