Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history, is under medical supervision and doctors are concerned about her health, Buckingham Palace has announced.
Queen, at the age of 96, celebrated the 70th anniversary of her rule this year; she embodied the continuity and stability of Britain from the post-war era into the 21st century.
“Following further examination this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned about Her Majesty’s health and have advised her to remain under medical supervision,” Buckingham Palace said.
“The Queen remains comfortable at Balmoral.” The Queen watched the transition of power from Boris Johnson to Liz Truss in her Scottish mountain castle this week. She had been suffering from “mobility problems” for some time.
“The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunch,” Truss, the prime minister, said on Twitter.
“My thoughts – and those of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family at this time.”
News of the monarch’s condition was delivered to Truss in the House of Commons as she made a statement in parliament about government intervention in the energy market.
The Queen has been central to British life for more than six decades since the death of her father, George VI, in 1952.
She took the throne when Winston Churchill was in Downing Street and this week invited Liz Truss to form a new government: the 15th prime minister of her reign.
Her 70-year reign encompassed the decolonization of much of the British Empire in Africa and Asia and the subsequent consolidation of her Commonwealth. It also gave rise to the modern monarchy, open to media scrutiny.
The Queen’s personal popularity is seen as a key factor in maintaining support for the monarchy in the UK in recent years. She shied away from political involvement and is known to her subjects mainly for her presence at public events and her televised Christmas messages, which often emphasized the values of duty and dialogue.
In 2015, she became the longest-serving monarch in British history, overtaking her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.