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Royals ‘step in to help fulfil Queen’s duties’ as she recovers from health scare

Her Majesty spent Wednesday night in hospital before returning home, and senior family members are understood to be rallying round the Queen as she recovers from a health scare

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Queen hospital visit: Palace ‘wouldn’t have told us’ says insider

The Royal Family have come together to support the Queen after a health scare resulted in her first hospital stay in eight years.

The 95-year-old was taken to hospital on Wednesday where specialist doctors performed a series of tests at the King Edward VII hospital in Marylebone, London.

She spent the night there in what was only her fifth hospital visit in the past 40 years, before returning home to Windsor Castle on Thursday.

The visit came just six months after the death of her husband Prince Philip at the age of 99.

The Queen was forced to “reluctantly” cancel a two day trip to Northern Ireland on Wednesday morning, less than five hours before she was due to arrive.

Her Majesty, who has had a jam packed schedule of engagements since returning from her summer break at Balmoral, took covid test which confirmed she was not suffering from coronavirus.



Some of the senior members of the royal family are understood to be taking over some of the Queen’s duties as she recovers from her hospital stay
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Buckingham Palace sources have said the Queen remains in good spirits and will only undertake “light duties” before the results of the tests are clear and she speaks to doctors.

It is understood other senior royals will be stepping in to fulfil her duties as she recuperates from her hospital stay.

Prince Charles, 72, is said to be increasing his time at Windsor Castle and spent the night there on Tuesday.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also rumoured to be taking over some of the monarch’s duties, although Buckingham Palace has shot down rumours the pair will move to Windsor as “speculation”.



Her Majesty spent the night in hospital in what was only her fifth hospital visit in the past 40 years, before returning home to Windsor Castle
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Princess Anne, 71, who lives at Gatcombe Park, around an hour and a half away from Windsor, stepped in for her mother while she was in hospital to hand out awards – including a Damehood to food writer and TV presenter Mary Berry.

Sources confirmed the Queen is accommodating visitors over the weekend from “family who live nearby”.

Her youngest son Edward, his wife Sophie and their children Louise and James live in Bagshot Park in Surrey, which is just 11 miles away.

Scandal-hit Prince Andrew, who also lives close to the Queen at his Royal Lodge home on the Windsor Estate, is also understood to be planning to visit his mother in the coming days.



Sources confirmed the Queen is accommodating visitors over the weekend from “family who live nearby”
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One of the biggest events in the diary is the at the UN Climate Change Conference.

The Queen is understood to be committed to attending COP26 conference in Glasgow on November 1, alongside son Prince Charles and grandson Prince William, as they jointly encourage world leaders to take action on the global climate emergency.

A palace source said: “The Queen is in good spirits and will continue to take a period of rest over the next few days.

“She will be guided by her doctors on what is appropriate in terms of her duties.”



The Queen is waiting to hear from doctors on what duties she should undertake
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Her Majesty is understood to have several engagements in her diary for next week which have been put on hold, while an assessment on her attendance at COP26 will be taken in due course, The Mirror understands.

Downing Street declined to say whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson held his weekly audience with the monarch on Wednesday, but so far it has not been listed in the Court Circular, the official record of royal engagements.

The spokesman said: “The Prime Minister’s best wishes have been passed on to Her Majesty.”


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