Questions about Elizabeth II’s health after a night in the hospital

Questions about Elizabeth II’s health after a night in the hospital
Questions about Elizabeth II’s health after a night in the hospital

AFP, published on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Held initially secret, the night spent in hospital by Elizabeth II on Friday raised questions about the state of health of the 95-year-old sovereign, who recently kept a busy official agenda.

It was only when the tabloid The Sun revealed the information that Buckingham Palace formalized, late in the evening, the hospitalization. The latter, which lasted between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday noon, was officially justified by the need for the queen to undergo “preliminary examinations” after being put to rest.

According to a source interviewed by the PA news agency, Elizabeth II, to whom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent his best wishes for recovery, “is resting and doing light chores” from Windsor Castle on the outskirts of London on Friday.

“Royal sources are trying to give the impression that she has just done too much but they may have difficulty convincing the public now,” observed Richard Palmer, reporter for the Daily Express.

After almost 70 years on the throne, the Queen continues to display good form in public. She has recently participated almost daily in official commitments and her hospitalizations made public are extremely rare, the last dating back to 2013 for gastroenteritis. She was seen walking with a cane last week, a first since 2004.

Vaccinated against Covid-19, she again hosted a reception in Windsor on Tuesday in the presence of Boris Johnson and American businessman Bill Gates, talking standing with the guests, without a mask.

The next morning, she canceled a visit to Northern Ireland after “reluctantly accepting” her doctors’ advice to rest.

When her night at Edward VII Hospital in London was made public, sources at the palace were quick to tell British media that she had been there to see specialists and had not stayed all the time. night only for “practical” reasons.

– “Affection” –

“I think there is some irritation in the palate this morning that it has come out, but it reflects the enormous affection and concern of the country,” said Robert Hardman, author of the royal family, on the BBC. .

Elizabeth II holds the record for longevity on the British throne, which she acceded in 1952. She remains a beloved personality in Britain and around the world, praised for having preserved the monarchy despite the major transformations undergone by the United Kingdom during her reign, from decolonization to Brexit, and despite the many crises shaking her, such as the death of Diana in 1997.

More recently, the shattering withdrawal from the monarchy of his grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, who left for California, or the accusations of sexual assault targeting his son Andrew have shaken the institution.

His heir, Prince Charles, 72, is much less popular and the press lends him the intention to reduce the lifestyle of the monarchy by limiting it to a few active members of the family.

“I don’t think we need to worry,” relativizes Kirsty Duffield, a Londoner interviewed by AFP near Buckingham Palace. “At her age, it’s normal to take exams. It’s a good sign that she got out so quickly.”

“She is in very good health: she always rides a horse, leaves her home, she is a very strong woman”, approves Katie Lavin, while conceding: “At the same time, she is 95 years old”.

Charlie Liwood, a retiree, notes the longevity of the mother of Elizabeth II, who died at 101 years. “At the same time, these people have an easy life” …

Despite regular speculation about a withdrawal, especially after the death in April of her husband Philip at the age of 99, Elizabeth II, head of state of 16 kingdoms, has a busy agenda.

If she no longer travels abroad and is represented there by her son Charles. She participated in the G7 summit by receiving US President Joe Biden in June, presents decorations and receives new ambassadors to the United Kingdom, sometimes by video conference.

The sovereign is expected at the UN climate conference at COP26 in early November in Glasgow, Scotland.

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