Queen cancels meeting at Balmoral after doctors advise monarch to rest

The Queen agreed to postpone a virtual Privy Council at Balmoral on doctors orders

Queen cancels meeting at Balmoral after doctors advise monarch to rest
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The Queen has 'accepted' doctors' advice to postpone a meeting yesterday after appointing the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, at Balmoral Castle on Tuesday. 

The Queen will miss an important engagement today, after being advised by royal doctors to 'rest'. 

Her Majesty had planned to hold a virtual Privy Council meeting at Balmoral Castle in light of her appointment of Liz Truss as the new UK Prime Minister. The meeting has been postponed, however, following medical advice that the 96-year-old monarch took things easy at her Aberdeenshire residence. 

"After a full day yesterday, Her Majesty has this afternoon accepted doctors' advice to rest," a Buckingham Palace spokesman said in a statement yesterday. 

"This means that the Privy Council meeting that had been due to take place this evening will be rearranged." 


The Queen appointed Liz Truss as the new Prime Minister on Tuesday 

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The disappointing news came shortly after photos of the Queen's bruised hand during her audience with Liz Truss at Balmoral sparked widespread concern amongst royal fans, prompting some to even speculate that she's had a cannula inserted. 

Her Majesty held the high-profile meeting at her Scottish estate for the first time in her 70-year-long reign, having carried out all 14 preceding Prime Minister appointments at Buckingham Palace. 

The date of the rescheduled Privy Council meeting, which would have seen Liz Truss take an oath as First Lord of the Treasury, has yet to be confirmed. 

It's understood that the last-minute decision to cancel the Zoom engagement is related to the Queen's issues with mobility. Her Majesty has reportedly been suffering from ongoing health problems since October, resulting in her pulling out of a litany of high-profile appearances over the past year, including her own Service of Thanksgiving at the Platinum Jubilee in June. 

She traveled to Balmoral Castle for her annual summer break on July 21, where she is understood to be spending quality time with her family before resuming her work duties in the autumn. It's understood that multiple accommodations have been made for her at the grandiose Scottish property, including the installation of a 'wheelchair friendly' lift and the delivery of an orthopedic bed. 

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.

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