Queen's schedule set for 'adjustments' says expert
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Her Majesty, 95, often finds herself caught-up in Royal days out. Since the death of her late husband Prince Philip, the Queen has undertaken 120 official engagements.
Following her return from Balmoral in early October, the monarch met with investment leaders at Windsor Castle, opened the Welsh Parliament in Cardiff Bay and launched the countdown to the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with Prince Edward.
However, after the Queen was admitted to hospital last week, doctors advised her to take a backward step.
But when Her Majesty returns to royal duties, which could be as early as the COP26 summit next month, she will be able to rely on a well-known signal to save her from any terrible social encounters.
The Telegraph has revealed how Elizabeth’s wardrobe includes around 200 handbags, including her favourite black patent Launer bag.
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Whenever the Queen attends royal events, she is often snapped holding a handbag.
It has been said the 95-year-old carries a handbag at every official engagement, private audience and official portrait.
But if the Queen places her handbag on the table at dinner, she is signalling she wishes the event to end in the next five minutes.
If the handbag is put on the floor then Her Majesty is saying she is not enjoying her current conversation and wishes to be rescued by her lady-in-waiting.
When she switches her bag from side to side she is suggesting the Queen is ready for the conversation she is involved in to end.
Royal historian Hugo Vickers told PEOPLE: “It would be very worrying if you were talking to the Queen and saw the handbag move from one hand to the other.”
The Queen is expected to make her return to royal duties at COP26 in Glasgow and then also attend the Cenotaph’s Remembrance Sunday event on November 14.
In the New Year, when the Queen will celebrate 70-years on the throne, the 95-year-old will embark upon a tour of the UK for her Platinum Jubilee.
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She is also expected to host garden parties at Buckingham Palace and Holyroodhouse in August before taking a summer break in Balmoral.
During her stay in Scotland, Her Majesty will also attend the Braemar Highland games.
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