Boris Johnson Reassures The Public That Queen Elizabeth Is Doing 'Very Well' When He Met With Her Recently
Prime Minister Boris Johnson doesn't want anyone to worry about Queen Elizabeth after she didn't attend an event on Sunday, November 14.
"I just want to say that I know everybody will be wanting to offer their best wishes to Her Majesty," he said at a press conference. "I just wanted to reassure everybody that I did see the Queen for an audience at Windsor on Wednesday and she's very well. It shouldn't need saying, but I wanted to say so anyway."
The 95-year-old was supposed to make her first appearance this past weekend since she was hospitalized in late October, but at the last minute, she had to rearrange her plans.
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"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," a statement read. "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. His Royal Highness, along with The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra will be present at the Cenotaph today as planned."
Royal author Penny Junor believes that the Queen's schedule will look different going forward.
"It's very sad for the Queen because this is the one event in the year that she really, really likes to be at," she said. "Remembering the war dead is a very, very important part for her annual calendar. The public will be very sad and anxious to hear of yet another setback, but clearly she must follow the advice and get herself well."
She continued, "It's not surprising because she is 95 years old. We're so used to seeing her out and about and looking years younger than she is that I think we've been lulled into thinking she can go on at this kind of pace forever. Clearly she can't. There comes a time in everybody's life when they have to admit that they are getting older and can't do the things that they perhaps want to do."