Fans fear the Queen will not return to Buckingham Palace as removal van delivers her special bed to Balmoral

The Queen will appoint the incoming Prime Minister at Balmoral Castle for the first time in her 70-year-long reign on September 6

Fans fear the Queen will not return to Buckingham Palace as removal van delivers her special bed to Balmoral
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Fears that the Queen will never return to Buckingham Palace have surged following the news that she will remain in Balmoral Castle for the appointment of the incoming Prime Minister. 

The Queen will not return to Buckingham Palace for the appointment of the incoming Prime Minister on September 6, royal officials have confirmed. 

Her Majesty will instead fulfill the duty at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she has been on summer break for the past month. 

The update comes shortly after it was revealed that the Queen is 'resting' more due to mobility issues, having struggled with 'stiffness' since last autumn. It's understood that multiple accommodations have since been made for the 96-year-old monarch's comfort, including the installation of a wheelchair-friendly lift at Balmoral. A removal van has also reportedly delivered a special orthopedic bed and a golf-cart buggy to the royal's 50,000-acre estate. 

The relocation to Scotland for the appointment of the new Prime Minister will mark the first time in Her Majesty's reign that the ceremony has been held outside of Buckingham Palace. The Queen has received 14 Prime Ministers since her ascension to the throne in 1952, with Boris Johnson being the latest leader to govern under her rule. 


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Once the new leader of the Conservative Party, either Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak, has been announced, they will make the 500-mile journey to Scotland to meet the Queen in person. 

This audience, sometimes called the 'Kissing of hands', traditionally lasts about 20 minutes, and requires the incoming Prime Minister to formally ask Her Majesty for permission to form a new government. After she has granted her blessing to the successful candidate, they will return to Downing St in London to officially begin their term. 

"The fact officials can't be sure the Queen will be well enough to travel next week is yet another reminder of her advanced age and increasing frailty," Peter Hunt, a former BBC royal correspondent, explained. 

Balmoral Castle is pictured near Ballater, on March 30, 2022

Balmoral Castle 

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"Despite this, the Queen remains determined to carry out her core duties. Appointing a new prime minister is not something that can easily be passed to Prince Charles, a king-in-waiting." 

Alarm that the Queen is sick is now growing amongst royal fans, many of whom have taken to Twitter to share their concerns. 

"I am very worried about this lovely lady, our Queen," one person wrote. "Maybe too ill to travel from Balmoral for the new PM." 

The Queen's appointment of the incoming Prime Minister next week will also coincide with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's trip to the UK and Germany for a series of charitable engagements. It's understood that the couple, who reportedly plan to stay at Frogmore Cottage whilst in England, do not have plans to visit Her Majesty at Balmoral during the highly-anticipated tour. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.