Buckingham Palace announced today that Queen Elizabeth’s doctors are “concerned for her health” and advised family to come visit her as she remains under medical supervision. The Queen, 96 years old, is resting comfortably at Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands. Prince Charles and Camilla the Dutchess of Cornwell along with Prince William are traveling to Balmoral Castle to be with the Queen. Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are making their wat to Balmoral as well. On Tuesday, the Queen oversaw the symbolic transfer of powers to Prime Minister Truss.
In early 2022, the palace announced the queen had contracted COVID-19, stating, “Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week.”
While the queen was able to attend three events celebrating her Platinum Jubilee, she was notably absent from many of the celebration’s events.
The queen has been taking a step back from many of her royal duties and instead giving her son and future king, Prince Charles, more responsibilities. Her grandson, Prince William, has also taken on more responsibility and is making appearances as a senior royal.
The queen officially became England’s longest reigning British monarch in 2015 when she exceeded her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s reign and continues to break that record. She has now been on the throne for 70 years and holds the record for second-longest reigning monarch in the world, second only to French King Louis XIV, who ruled for 72 years.
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Queen Elizabeth has met with 13 United States Presidents during her long reign. From President Harry Truman to President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden. Her leadership has kept Britain and the United States within the grasp of a friendly relationship. When her time to pass comes, the world will be saddened at the loss of this great Monarch.