Queen Elizabeth is gearing up for Prince Philip's memorial service on Tuesday, March 29, but more people are nervous that she won't be able to attend due to health issues.
“It’s quite simple, really. She’s finding it extremely difficult to walk or stand for long periods," royal expert Phil Dampier told The Telegraph. “She will make a huge effort to attend Prince Philip’s memorial, but they will have to make allowances for her – and no one will begrudge it. She’s nearly 96.”
Russell Myers, Daily Mirror's royal editor, had similar thoughts, saying, "You have to be realistic. [She is] just weeks away from 96, she has accepted her own limitations. She’s having issues moving around, [and is] described by people at the Palace as having good days and less good days ... I don’t think we’ll ever see her step back, but we probably will see her less and less."
"Will she make Prince Philip’s memorial service in a few days? That’s in the balance," he added.
Recently, the Queen, 95, dropped out of the Commonwealth Day service, as she is being pickier about what events she attends.
Instead, Prince Charles went in her place, but she still managed to release a note about the important shindig.
"A Commonwealth Day Message from Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth: 'In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it has given me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947, that my life will always be devoted in service. Today, it is rewarding to observe a modem, vibrant and connected Commonwealth that combines a wealth of history and tradition with the great social, cultural and technological advances of our time. That the Commonwealth stands ever taller is a credit to all who have been involved. We are nourished and sustained by our relationships and, throughout my life, I have enjoyed the privilege of hearing what the relationships built across the great reach and diversity of the Commonwealth have meant to people and communities,'" the note began.
"'Our family of nations continues to be a point of connection, cooperation and friendship. It is a place to come together to pursue common goals and the common good, providing everyone with the opportunity to serve and benefit. In these testing times, it is my hope that you can draw strength and inspiration from what we share, as we work together towards a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for all. And on this special day for our family — in a year that will include the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the Commonwealth Games — I hope we can deepen our resolve to support and serve one another, and endeavour to ensure the Commonwealth remains an influential force for good in our world for many generations to come.' ELIZABETH R," the message concluded.