For the first time in her 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth will not return to England to meet the U.K.'s incoming Prime Minister. Instead, the 96-year-old matriarch will stay put at her Balmoral summer estate in Scotland to receive either Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak on September 6, where the outgoing PM, Boris Johnson, will also be present.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the news, with sources noting that it's not due to any current health concerns for the Queen — however, since she has been experiencing mobility issues over the past year, they'd rather play it safe than sorry and make things easier on her in case anything does happen.
When asked about the new plan, Johnson responded, "I don't talk about my conversations with the Queen, no prime minister ever does. But I can tell you that we will certainly make sure that the arrangements for the handover will fit totally around her and whatever she wants."
The mother-of-four has had to cancel several public appearances this year due to health issues, including a COVID-19 diagnosis in February 2021. In fact, before the Platinum Jubilee, she was advised to rest up.
"[She] is still adjusting to her routine and charging up her batteries even now. The other factor here is that she wanted to be as close to full strength as possible for the Jubilee celebrations, which she’s been looking forward to immensely," a source shared of why she was scaling back on her workload. "By not [overexerting] herself it’s giving her more energy to participate is as many of the events as possible."
Despite an uptick in health problems, sources claim she has no plans to abdicate the throne anytime soon. Instead, various members of the royal family, such as Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton have been stepping up take on more duties to ease her schedule.
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