Queen health update: Palace 'carefully recalculating' Her Majesty's Jubilee involvement

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Queen health update: Palace 'carefully recalculating' Her Majesty's Jubilee involvement

Royal expert Jennie Bond has told the BBC that plans around the Queen's Platinum Jubilee are being closely examined in the wake of the Monarch's re

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Royal expert Jennie Bond has told the BBC that plans around the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are being closely examined in the wake of the Monarch’s recent health concerns. Queen Elizabeth was unable to attend Sunday’s annual Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph after suffering a back sprain. Last month the 95-year-old Queen spent a night in the hospital and was ordered to rest by medical staff. 

Ms Bond told BBC Breakfast: “I think yes, everyone at the palace now will be very carefully calculating probably recalculate exactly what can be done the Platinum Jubilee.

“The priority has got to be obviously the Queen’s health and the Queen’s safety.

“I think what we’re seeing now is a gradual transition of responsibility from the Queen to Prince Charles, Prince William, and other senior members of the royal family.

“They are taking on more responsibilities and therefore will be at the forefront of celebrations and the Queen will pop up here and there for the big days themselves.

 

“But a lot of care will be taken of course.”

She added:  “The great thing is that we have a monarch in a very modern age, a modern age of modern technology, where she doesn’t really have to do…take a decision but she would hate to do to step down entirely from royal duties.

“Because she begins to believe it’s a God-given duty to serve as long as she can the rest of her life.

“You know, we have all this modern technology we can see her, she can work remotely and I think that is what she will hold on to in the coming months and years while other members of the royal family go out and tread the pavements and do the handshake thing.”

“But if you look at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and anyone who joins us later on in our coverage will see this massive building was designed for Victorian foreign secretaries to walk around in splendour.

“It’s got very long corridors and if you have sprained your back, it would have been an extraordinarily long walk for the Queen to get from where she’ll be left by her car to the balcony and I know that she would have thought that through and wouldn’t want to put her body through anything unnecessarily.

“And up and down the country, there will be veterans today who’ve been looking forward to Remembrance Sunday, who because of the nature of their age, will be forced not to go and families will be dealing with this up and down the nation.

“And this is partly because the Second World War generation are now much older, and they want to be at their various villages or times and the Queen herself wants to be with her nation and her commonwealth and to mark this moment when, you know, you reflect upon so much.



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