New photo of the Queen sparks further concerns for her health
A new photo of the Queen has sparked further concerns for her health after she was seen with purple hands in an official photo.
The 95-year-old hosted General Sir Nick Carter at Windsor Castle on November 19 after a brief hospital stay last month.
The Queen had been forced to cancel a number of engagements due to doctor's orders.
It's believed she sprained her back but was taken to hospital under unknown circumstances.
Eagle-eyed royal fans were concerned when they saw the photo of Her Majesty's hands, which were dark purple.
Dr Jay Verma, from the Shakespear Medical Centre told Metro, "It might be Raynaud’s phenomenon or just really cold hands! The purple is due to deoxygenated blood."
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Raynaud's phenomenon causes blood vessels in the hands and feet to overreact to cold temperatures or stress, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Prince Charles spoke of the Queen's health earlier this week, telling media she was "all right", but not finding things as "easy as it used to be".
The Prince of Wales, 73, was meeting business leaders at the Royal Scientific Society in Amman, Jordan, with his wife Camilla.
"She’s all right, thank you very much," he said. "Once you get to 95, it’s not quite as easy as it used to be. It’s bad enough at 73."
It's not the first time the Queen has sparked concern over her hands.
In November 2019, the then 92-year-old posed with King Abdullah and Queen Noir of Jordan and her hands appeared to be bruised.
At the time, Buckingham Palace didn't comment on any health speculation.
Her Majesty has been forced to cancel a number of high-profile appearances over the last few weeks. Most recently she missed the Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph, something she was "deeply disappointed" by.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "The Queen, having sprained her back, has decided this morning with great regret that she will not be able to attend today's Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph.
"Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service.
"As in previous years, a wreath will be laid on Her Majesty's behalf by the Prince of Wales."
The Queen regards the Remembrance Sunday Service as one of the most significant engagements of the year.
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