Members of the royal family rushed to stand by Queen Elizabeth after doctors said they were concerned for the 96-year-old British monarch’s health on Thursday, saying she should remain under medical supervision.
The queen, Britain’s longest-reigning sovereign and the world’s oldest monarch, has been suffering from what Buckingham Palace called “episodic mobility problems” since late last year.
“Following further assessment this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remain under medical supervision,” the palace said in a statement.
“The queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”
Her eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, and wife Camilla traveled to their Scottish home, Balmoral Castle, where she is staying, along with her eldest son Prince William, officials said.
Last October, Elizabeth spent a night in the hospital and has been forced to scale back her public engagements ever since. On Wednesday, she canceled a virtual meeting with senior ministers after being advised to rest by her doctors.
The day before, she had been photographed naming Liz Truss as the country’s new prime minister at Balmoral, the 15th prime minister of her record-breaking reign.
A palace source said immediate family members had been informed and played down speculation that the monarch suffered a fall.
Elizabeth has been queen of Great Britain and more than a dozen other countries since 1952, including Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and earlier this year marked her 70th year on the throne with four days of national celebrations in June.
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Source: CNN Brasil