The Queen’s diary is under review amid fresh health fears

The Queen’s diary is ‘reviewed’ amid new health fears: Her Majesty, 95, ‘accepts that the foibles of long life are catching up to her’ and commitments are to be curtailed – although she remains ‘committed’ to her duties

  • Sources say the monarch is not ill and remains committed to her duties of state
  • Queen and royal aides have accepted that “weaknesses” will catch up with them
  • But their appearances at public events are significantly restricted

The Queen’s diary is currently “under review” and it is unlikely she will ever make any major public engagements such as investitures again.

Sources stress that the 95-year-old monarch is not ill and is “as committed to her duties of state as ever”.

But senior royal aides – as well as the Queen herself – are said to have accepted that the “weaknesses that come with long life” are finally catching up with them.

She will continue to attend public events whenever possible, but her appearances will be significantly restricted. That means hours of public investiture are standing on their feet and being carried out by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal instead.

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Sources stress that the 95-year-old monarch is not ill and is “as committed to her duties of state as ever”. Pictured: The Queen at Commonwealth Day celebrations in March 2021

A source told the Daily Mail: “The Queen is still as perceptive, capable and interested as ever, but physically she is not as strong as she used to be, which is entirely understandable for a woman of her age.”

Buckingham Palace declined to comment. However, a royal source said: “The Royal Family understands the important role investiture plays in recognizing service and celebrating people’s contribution to society and there has been a real push to catch up on the backlog created by Covid restrictions.

“The Prince of Wales, Princess Royal and the Duke of Cambridge have led the charge. It is easy to imagine that they will continue in this direction, but I would not rule out Her Majesty making smaller or one-off investments.’

The news comes after the elderly monarch was forced to withdraw from today’s Commonwealth Day service.

On Friday, Buckingham Palace, which earlier in the week insisted she was “hoping” to be there, revealed she had asked the Prince of Wales to represent her at Westminster Abbey.

The Queen, who has been suffering from a series of debilitating health conditions since last autumn and has increasingly used a walking stick, was understood to be deeply “regrettable” at the decision. It would have been her first public appearance since last October.

Buckingham Palace had said she hoped to attend three significant events in March – the annual diplomatic reception, which was canceled due to the war in Ukraine, the Commonwealth Day service and the thanksgiving service for her late husband at Westminster Abbey in March 29.

The Mail understands the Queen – who also signed Covid last month – is still determined to attend the service for the Duke of Edinburgh, and may even be “pacing” in public so she can .

The Mail understands the Queen - who also signed Covid last month - is still determined to attend the service for the Duke of Edinburgh, and may even be

The Mail understands the Queen – who also signed Covid last month – is still determined to attend the service for the Duke of Edinburgh, and may even be “pacing” in public so she can . Pictured: The Queen and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 7

Hours of public investiture are off and will instead be conducted by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal.  Pictured: Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge

Hours of public investiture are off and will instead be conducted by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal. Pictured: Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge

Last Monday, she met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Windsor Castle, their first face-to-face meeting since recovering from Covid.

Both Mr. Trudeau and other sources said she was in good health and did not use her cane. Another source who saw her out at Sandringham last month confirmed she appeared “bright, alert and relatively unencumbered”. But insiders acknowledge that the Queen, like any woman of her advanced age, “has good days and not-so-good days, as you would expect.”

It was claimed yesterday that she has not been able to walk her dogs at Windsor for the past six months, although sources stressed she was at the property.

And The Mail on Sunday revealed courtiers were concerned enough to debate whether she would be mobile enough to attend Philip’s memorial. This will inevitably call into question how much the Queen can participate in June’s celebrations of her platinum anniversary.

And The Mail on Sunday revealed courtiers were concerned enough to debate whether she would be mobile enough to attend Philip's memorial.  This will inevitably call into question how much the Queen can participate in June's celebrations of her platinum anniversary (file image).

And The Mail on Sunday revealed courtiers were concerned enough to debate whether she would be mobile enough to attend Philip’s memorial. This will inevitably call into question how much the Queen can participate in June’s celebrations of her platinum anniversary (file image).

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