Queen: Public 'have right to know' about health says expert
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Paul Burrell said: “The Queen is an incredibly strong woman and I believe she’ll want to work until the end of her life. She always told me that her roles as Queen and a grandmother are the most important things to her.”
Mr Burrell, a former footman to the Queen, told Closer: “At 95, she’s doing great – but she can’t do what she used to do.
“She needs to put her health first and limit her workload.”
It was announced on Friday that the Queen has left her home at Windsor Castle to spend a “long weekend” at Sandringham.
According to the BBC, she flew by helicopter to the estate in East Anglia.
Her Majesty, 95, was advised to rest by doctors last week following a brief stay in a hospital in central London for medical checks.
Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Queen could partake in light duties, including virtual meetings, during this time.
It was her first overnight stint in hospital in eight years.
Her Majesty also cancelled her planned visit to Glasgow for COP26 following medical advice, and this week, with Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge attending the summit in her stead.
Although the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge delivered impassioned speeches, representing the Royal Family at the climate summit, the Queen nonetheless ensured her visibility at the event.
In a pre-recorded video message, she warned that the “time for words has now moved to the time for action”.
She urged action for the sake of “our children and our children’s children.”
Her appearance at COP26 only through a screen followed the last-minute scrapping of her planned visit to Northern Ireland earlier in October, where she was to attend a service in Armagh to mark the centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland.
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Princess Anne, earlier this week, embarked on a one-day visit to Northern Ireland in her mother’s place, unveiling a stone to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the country.
Mr Burrell, who was later a butler to Diana, Princess of Wales, commented: “We’ve seen recently that her family have rallied around her to support her and take on more.
“Kate and William have been thriving – and their work will be a huge support and relief to the Queen.
“And we’ve seen other members of the family step up to take on more engagements in recent weeks, too.”
The Princess Royal accompanied Her Majesty to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion at Westminster Abbey in October, when the Queen was spotted using a walking aid.
This was the first time that Her Majesty had used a walking stick for “comfort”, and catalysed fears surrounding the monarch’s health.
She was then pictured with the walking stick again, as she officially opened the Welsh Parliament with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.
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