Queen's health struggles cancel yet another royal duty as she's advised not to leave Balmoral

The Queen is expected to receive the incoming Prime Minister on September 6 at Balmoral Castle due to her ongoing health issues

Queen's health struggles at Balmoral cancel another duty as she's advised to stay in Scotland
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The Queen is expected to appoint the incoming Prime Minister at Balmoral Castle after being advised against traveling to Windsor or London for the ceremonial event. 

The Queen is likely to remain at Balmoral Castle for the appointment of the incoming Prime Minister, according to a royal insider. 

Her Majesty's summer break at the Scottish residence was initially expected to be interrupted so that the monarch could travel to Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace for the historic ceremony on September 6. 

However, the 96-year-old monarch has reportedly since been advised against making the 1,000-mile journey due to her ongoing health issues. 

It's understood that the winner of the Conservative leadership race to succeed Boris Johnson as UK Prime Minister, either Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak, will now be summoned to meet the Queen at Balmoral instead. If the relocation goes ahead, it will be the first time that a Prime Minister will have been received in Scotland. 

"Obviously no one tells the Queen what to do and ultimately it is her decision, and as we saw when she made a third appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony at the Jubilee, she likes surprises," the source told the Sun on Thursday. 

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Queen receiving incoming Prime Minister Boris Johnson in 2019 

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Her Majesty, who began her 10-week-long holiday at Balmoral last month with a brief stay at Craigowan Lodge, is said to be determined to fulfill the custom despite "suffering with mobility." The Queen has been struggling with health difficulties since October 2021 and has pulled out of a string of engagements over the past year, including her Service of Thanksgiving at her own Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. The appointment of Boris Johnson's replacement, however, is apparently not something she intends to miss. 

"There are some parts of her role that Prince Charles can do on her behalf but the Queen is adamant that she appoints the Prime Minister," the source explained. 

"It may not be the best choice to make the Queen travel 1,000 miles there and back for a 48-hour visit when the Prime Ministers can easily get to Balmoral instead." 

The Queen has kept a low profile since arriving in Scotland on July 22, flying into Aberdeen from Windsor on her private plane before being driven to the 5,000-acre estate to begin her Highlands vacation. Her entrance was an uncharacteristically modest affair, with her Balmoral welcome ceremony being axed at the last minute for her comfort. 


Balmoral Castle 

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It's understood she's been busy hosting her beloved family members, with Prince William and Kate Middleton taking their three children, George, Charlotte, and Louis, up North to see their great-grandmother before their big move to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor. The disgraced Prince Andrew has also reportedly been to see his mother at Balmoral, with some media outlets suggesting he was the first royal to visit her on her annual retreat.

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.