Just days after she used a walking stick while out in public for the very first time in nearly 20 years, the Queen has cancelled a planned trip to Northern Ireland on doctor’s orders.
In news that came as a surprise to royal watchers, who have noted that the royal family very rarely cancel engagements at the last minute, the Palace released a statement on the Monarch’s wellbeing.
"The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days," the Palace said on Wednesday.
"Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow.
The Queen sent her "warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland, and looks forward to visiting in the future," the Palace said.
Earlier this week the Queen sparked some concerns after he used a walking aid at a service marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion.
The last time she was seen using a walking stick was in 2003 and 2004 when she was recovering from a knee operation.
However, while the Queen was handed the walking stick as she exited her state car, she appeared to be walking without it for most of the time.
It’s believed her courtiers will ensure she walks less at public engagements and avoids steps and cobbles, as well as making sure her car pulls up closer to venues.
"The Queen has suffered a lot this year, including the death of her beloved husband," a source told The Sun.
"She is becoming a little less resilient and needs a little more help — although she is doing well for somebody of her age.
"Her courtiers have noticed the Queen becoming more weary and perhaps more fragile than she was — and who could be surprised?"
It was also reported earlier this week that the Queen has been advised to “give up her evening drink which is usually a martini”, a source told Vanity Fair.
"It’s not really a big deal for her, she is not a big drinker but it seems a trifle unfair that at this stage in her life she’s having to give up one of very few pleasures,” the source said.
A second insider told the publication: "The alcohol has gone, her doctors want to make sure she is as fit and healthy as possible."
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