Queen aides adopt new strategy to stop royal fans ‘panicking’ over monarch’s health

Queen has 'never put a foot wrong' in eyes of public says expert

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The Queen has carried out multiple virtual audiences – the latest in a run of light official duties. Concern for the health of the Queen has been heightened in recent weeks after she pulled out of a number of major engagements, spent a night in hospital, and was ordered to rest by royal doctors. Royal expert Richard Kay explained the 95-year-old’s health issues have caused concern for all royal fans since October.

Speaking to True Royalty TV’s Royal Beat, Mr Kay said: “They want to stop us panicking and there is panic whenever there is any illness relating to the Queen whatever the ailment is.

“You start get concerned and that was reflected in October.

“I think they’re worried about a repeat of that.”

Royal expert Angela Levin noted that the Queen was standing in her latest pictures.

She added: “She stood up to show that she’s not so unwell that she has to sit.

“That is saying something too.”

It comes as Her Majesty has knighted her top royal physician in a personal investiture at Windsor Castle.

She conferred the accolade on Professor Sir Huw Thomas, who is Head of the Medical Household and Physician to the Queen, in a private ceremony last month.

Queen has 'never put a foot wrong' in eyes of public says expert

It is likely to have been Prof Sir Huw who advised the head of state to take things easy after she underwent preliminary tests in King Edward VII’s Hospital on October 20.

The Queen has been carrying out light duties since then, but also sprained her back, leading to her missing the Remembrance Sunday service.

Prof Sir Huw would have also cared for the late Duke of Edinburgh during more than 15 years of service with the royal household.

While the monarch invested Prof Sir Huw separately with the Insignia of a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, her daughter the Princess Royal carried out a full investiture ceremony for scores of recipients on the Queen’s behalf the same day.


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It is likely the Queen wanted to thank Prof Sir Huw personally for his care of her and the royal family.

Details appeared in the Court Circular – the daily record of official royal engagements.

Prof Sir Huw, who has been Head of the Medical Household for seven years, was made a Knight Commander at the start of 2021 in the New Year’s Honours list.

The Royal Victorian Order award is in the Queen’s personal gift and is awarded for service to the royal family.

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