‘Didn’t know I could do that!’ Queen stuns aides with unexpected remark

Queen ‘doesn’t take much time off’ says Katie Nicholl

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Queen Elizabeth is reported to have surprised close aides to the Royal Family with her reaction at being given medical advice to rest. Royal expert Katie Nicholl has said that Monarch remarked that she did not know she was able to have a break. She reflected on the fact the Queen”doesn’t take much time off” after the 95-year-old spent a night in the hospital and was ordered to rest by royal doctors.

Ms Nicholl told Royal Beat: “I was told that she said to her staff while on this week of rest, ‘oh, I didn’t know I could have a break.’

“I think that speaks volumes because she doesn’t take much time off.

“And perhaps that really is just what she needs to get fully better.”

The Palace are busy “carefully recalculating” the Queen’s commitments for the Platinum Jubilee, according to another royal insider.

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Royal expert Jennie Bond has told the BBC that plans around the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are being closely examined in the wake of the Monarch’s recent health concerns. 

Ms Bond told BBC Breakfast on Monday: “I think yes, everyone at the palace now will be very carefully calculating probably recalculate exactly what can be done the Platinum Jubilee.

“The priority has got to be obviously the Queen’s health and the Queen’s safety.

“I think what we’re seeing now is a gradual transition of responsibility from the Queen to Prince Charles, Prince William, and other senior members of the royal family.


Queen 'wants to be out there' says Katie Nicholl

“They are taking on more responsibilities and therefore will be at the forefront of celebrations and the Queen will pop up here and there for the big days themselves.

“But a lot of care will be taken of course.”

She added:  “The great thing is that we have a monarch in a very modern age, a modern age of modern technology, where she doesn’t really have to do…take a decision but she would hate to do to step down entirely from royal duties.

“Because she begins to believe it’s a God-given duty to serve as long as she can the rest of her life.

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“You know, we have all this modern technology we can see her, she can work remotely and I think that is what she will hold on to in the coming months and years while other members of the royal family go out and tread the pavements and do the handshake thing.”

On Sunday, royal commentator Alastair Bruce told Sky News that Queen will be “immensely aggravated” about not being able to attend the Remembrance Sunday service.

Her Majesty was expected at the ceremony at London’s Cenotaph only for the palace to announce that due to back sprain the Queen would not be attending in person.

The service would have been the first public engagement Queen Elizabeth has attended in almost a month following doctors’ advice to rest.

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