Concern about the Queen’s health after a statement from Buckingham Palace

A statement released by Buckingham Palace this morning has detailed how the Queen’s doctors are “concerned” for Her Majesty’s health, recommending “that she remain under medical supervision”.

A statement was also issued by the Speaker of the House of Commons during this morning’s debate on energy policy.

With notes appearing to be being urgently passed to leading political figures inside the House of Commons Chamber, Sir Lindsay Hoyle interupted proceedings to say that, “I know I speak on behalf of the entire House when I say that we send our best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen and that she and the royal family are in our thoughts and prayers at this moment”.

The prime minister and leader of the opposition left the debate sooner than they could have expected.


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The Queen, who is now 96, couldn’t attend yesterday’s meeting of the privy council.  Tuesday was her last day at Balmoral, where she met with Boris Johnson, the former prime minister, and Liz Truss as well as her new prime minister.

Although she is known to have had mobility issues for several months, it is highly unusual for Buckingham Palace to make a public statement about the Queen’s health.

Prime minister Liz Truss has since issued a statement, in which she says, “The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime. My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.”

The leader of the opposition has also issued a statement in which he said, “Along with the rest of the country, I am deeply worried by the news from Buckingham Palace this afternoon. My thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time, and I join everyone across the United Kingdom in hoping for her recovery”.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey has said, “We all hope and pray for a full recovery”.

Currently, Prince William (the Duke of Cambridge) is believed to be on a trip to Balmoral.