| 18 April 2024, Thursday |

Queen Elizabeth II placed under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle

“Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision,” Queen Elizabeth’s family said in a statement, as she has been placed under medical supervision over concerns for her health.

“The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral [Castle]” — the Scottish estate where she has spent the summer.

The palace did not provide further details on the seriousness of the her condition. She is 96 years old.

Former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron both expressed their concern over her health.

Blair said: “It is deeply concerning to hear today’s news from Buckingham Palace. My thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this worrying time.”

Cameron said: “Deeply concerned by the news this afternoon from Buckingham Palace. I send my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this worrying time.”
At least one aircraft carrying members of the royal family has landed at Aberdeen Airport, reportedly carrying the Duke of Cambridge the Duke of York, the Earl and the Countess of Wessex.

Local media reported that seven members of the royal family are onboard the flight, which departed from the Northolt Royal Airforce Base near London.

At least one other plane has departed the RAF base.
Her eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, traveled to Balmoral following the news, joined by his wife Camilla and his son Prince William. The Queen’s other children — Anne, Andrew and Edward — were also headed to the castle.

And grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were traveling to Balmoral, a spokesperson for the couple said.

Such a gathering of the House of Windsor, outside of events such as Christmas or Easter or major public events, is extremely rare.

Queen canceled virtual meeting on Wednesday
On Wednesday, the monarch canceled a virtual meeting of her Privy Council after being advised to rest.

She has been suffering from “episodic mobility problems” since the end of last year, according to Royal officials, and contracted COVID-19 in February. In October, Elizabeth spent a night in hospital.

The monarch, Britain’s Head of State, has increasingly handed over official duties to Prince Charles, and other royal family members.

She has recently missed other high-profile events, including this year’s State Opening of Parliament and the Platinum Jubilee Concert. Her husband of 70 years, Prince Philip, died in April of last year.
Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was appointed by the Queen on Tuesday, said she was thinking of her, in a post on Twitter.

“My thoughts — and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom — are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time,” she wrote.
The speaker of the British parliament said Queen Elizabeth was in the house’s thoughts. “I know I speak on behalf of the entire House when I say we send all the best wishes to her Majesty the Queen,” Lindsay Hoyle said in the House of Commons.

Opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer said: “Along with the rest of the country, I am deeply worried by the news from Buckingham Palace this afternoon.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who is the highest-ranking cleric in the Church of England, which is headed by the Queen, said she was in his prayers.

“May God’s presence strengthen and comfort Her Majesty, her family, and those who are caring for her at Balmoral,” he said in a post on Twitter.

  • DW