Queen Elizabeth’s Health Concerns Again After Annual Event Cancellation
Queen Elizabeth II is absent from an event at the British Royal Family’s summer residence in Scotland, fueling rumours of the Queen’s fragile health.
The 96-year-old Queen has been staying at Balmoral Castle, in the Scottish Highlands, since the end of July. As a result, the planned ceremony on the immense estate in Aberdeenshire will be replaced by a small-scale private event, according to British media.
Elizabeth has been struggling with shaky health recently and was also not present at the start of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last month. She also missed several festivities to mark her 70th anniversary as Queen of the United Kingdom. The country then celebrated its platinum anniversary with four days of parades, street parties, and other events across Britain and the Commonwealth.
A royal source told the British tabloid The Mirror that it was a disappointment that the ceremony could not go ahead as planned. However, other sources attribute the changed plans to the Queen’s reduced mobility. Buckingham Palace is trying to assuage rumours of the Queen’s failing health, stressing that a private event will bring “more comfort” to the Queen’s schedule.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is the second longest-serving monarch in history. ‘Sun King Louis XIV of France reigned from 1643 to 1715 and thus sat on the throne for 72 years and 110 days. The Queen can match that record on May 25, 2024.