When people heard that Queen Elizabeth spent a night in the hospital this week, there was a cause for concern, but fortunately, it seems like the monarch is doing just fine. But going forward, expert Robert Jobson notes that she needs to slow down.
"She is a robust lady, a dedicated lady, and a brilliant wise head of state," he wrote for The Mirror. "She must, therefore, recognize, as her late husband did, that she is only human and she must pace herself going forward — for all our sakes."
"One of the reasons Prince Philip stepped back from royal duties at 96 was because he didn’t want the Palace putting out daily bulletins about the state of his health if he didn’t feel up to doing an engagement on a particular day," he continued. "He couldn’t stand all the brouhaha that went with updates about his health and rightly found it 'bloody intrusive.' Eventually, he felt he has done his bit as the Queen’s consort and duly retired. As monarch and head of state, Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t really have that option."
He continued, "Her schedule has been tailored to take her great age into consideration. But nobody can account for daily changes in an elderly person’s physical health. One day they can feel great, the next dreadful. Since emerging from lockdown and the death of her husband, the Queen has thrown herself into work and had a busy schedule. This month, since returning from her annual summer break in Balmoral, she seems to have been a constant presence in our newspapers and online."
This past week, the Queen was supposed to visit Northern Ireland, but her doctor advised her not to. One day later, it was revealed that she spent some time in the hospital.
“Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended the hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today and remains in good spirits," the palace said in a statement.
Jobson notes that "London Bridge is NOT falling down and Her Majesty is in fine fettle, I am told."
"She is determined to host world leaders at COP26 in Glasgow at the end of the month," he shared. "But these wobbles are an important reminder that despite saying 'you’re as young as you feel,' Her Majesty is as old as her 95 years."