Queen Rania says she 'looks up to' Queen Elizabeth II
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Concerns over Queen Elizabeth II’s health have been raised over recent months as she has been forced to pull out of several engagements. Most recently, the Queen was unable to attend the Cenotaph ceremony on Remembrance Sunday after spraining her back.
Now, as Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in Jordan for their first Royal tour in two years, Queen Rania has paid tribute to the Queen and bestowed praise on the monarch.
Speaking to ITV, Queen Rania said: “She is someone we all hold in really high regard and she is someone I look up to personally.
“And I think the whole world turns to her as a symbol of what it means to be a true figurehead and stateswoman and just giving inspiration to the rest of the world through her discipline, through her heart, through her hard work, through her steady approach to everything.
“I think we all find comfort when we think of her and we are always concerned for her health.
“But she is a strong woman and she, even at this age, is very active.
“We can all just hope to be as active as she is at that age.
“Our best wishes are always to her and hopefully she will have many more years ahead of her.”
The Palace has removed this week’s planned events from the Queen’s busy agenda for her to rest on the doctor’s advice.
The health scare was a call for the younger generation to step up for the royal duties to reduce the workload for the Majesty.
Royal expert Penny Junor told The Mirror: “I think we will see more of her on video and probably less of her in the flesh. They should keep her warm and tucked up at home and not expose herself to the possibility of infections.”
Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty magazine, told the newspaper there are similarities to when the Queen Mother reached a similar age and “things got progressively more difficult”.
He said: “But the Queen Mother soldiered on and there is no reason to think the Queen won’t, but this is a setback.
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“Clearly there are mobility issues. Getting from Windsor with a sprained back and having to stand for 15 to 20 minutes at the Cenotaph is not helpful for somebody of 95.”
He said: “In terms of official engagements before the end of the year, I don’t think we’ll see her out and about doing anything officially, even if she recovers from the sprained back.”
Her Majesty continues to do light office work and weekly virtual zoom meetings with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the last few days.
The British Monarchy is set to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year in June 2022 to mark her 70th year on the throne.
Charles and Camilla’s royal trip to Jordan was initially planned for March 2020 but had to be pushed back as a result of travel restrictions.
As part of their trip, the couple will be visiting both Jordan and Egypt, using the tour to highlight the important bonds between the UK and both countries.
The tour, which comes just days after the conclusion of the COP26 conference in Glasgow, will also have a strong focus on addressing the climate crisis.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall’s trip makes them the first members of the Royal Family to carry out a major overseas tour since the pandemic started.
In Jordan, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will mark the country’s centenary and 100 years of the UK-Jordan bilateral relationship.
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