Queen's period of rest is 'working for her' says expert
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Since 2005, Professor Sir Huw Thomas has been a physician to the royal household before being appointed head of the medical household and physician to the Queen in 2014. The monarch, who was advised to rest after being hospitalised in October and having to cancel several royal engagements, reportedly hosted a small investiture ceremony for her physician.
Sir Huw Thomas, 63, had already been appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 2021 New Year Honours but had not been properly invested yet.
The Royal Victorian Order is in Her Majesty’s personal gift and is awarded for service to the Royal Family.
Sir Thomas shared key moments of the Royal Family’s life as he was part of the staff in support when Kate Middleton gave birth to Prince Louis on April 23, 2018.
He was also the one to certify Prince Philip’s cause of death earlier this year on April 9.
Sir Huw is also a professor of gastrointestinal genetics at Imperial College London’s department of surgery and cancer.
As head of the royal medical household, he was undoubtedly involved in the medical guidelines the Queen received recently.
HM has been urged to rest and attend royal engagements remotely after a first health scare on October 20 when she was admitted to the private King Edward VII’s hospital in central London for “preliminary investigations”.
She then missed the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph after spraining her back.
However, the monarch held the small investiture herself in Windsor Castle with Lady Thomas, Sir Huw Thomas’ wife, in attendance.
Speaking to Imperial College in February 2021, Sir Thomas said it had been a “busy couple of years” for his royal work, adding that he was “very grateful to have been recognised for my service to date”.
“I’ve been working in the Royal Medical Household for 15 years and I’ve been Head of the Medical Household for the past seven years,” he said.
He continued: “It is a great honour to be Physician to the Queen.
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“It’s a very enjoyable and rewarding role – completely different from what I would normally be doing.
“The nature of the work is interesting because you see how a whole different organisation, the Royal Household, operates.
“You very much become part of that organisation and become the personal doctor to the principal people in it, who are patients just like other patients.
“With the pandemic, the key priority of the Medical Household is trying to make sure that the people under its care are kept safe.”
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