Queen’s ‘weight loss’ after return to work concerns royal fans

The Queen's fragile appearance in her latest royal engagement has alarmed fans

Queen’s ‘weight loss’ after return to work concerns fans
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The Queen's visible weight loss upon her return to work has alarmed royal fans, prompting many to question if she's fit to continue her Head of State duties. 

The Queen is back to work—but not everyone is so sure she's ready. 

Her Majesty received Andrew Bailey, Governer of the Bank of England, at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, just one day after she gave her doctor a huge gift in honor of his 15 years of service to the Royal Family.  

The 95-year-old monarch welcomed the financial leader for one of her famous audiences in the Oak Room of her Berkshire residence yesterday. As is the norm with the 20-minute-long meetings, details of the conversation were kept under wraps. 

Her Majesty wore a dark green, printed dress with loose, long sleeves and a pair of black brogues for the occasion, completing the look with an Art Deco triangle brooch and two strings of pearls. She appeared smiling in photos as Andrew Bailey bowed with respect and shook her hand. 

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Unfortunately, the Queen's stylish outfit and upbeat expression weren't enough to diminish fans' concerns for the royal icon's health. 

Many were quick to point out her noticeable weight loss, which is likely related to her ongoing health woes. The Queen has been forced to cancel a number of high-profile appearances due to illness over the past couple of months, including a two-day tour of Northern Ireland and a visit to the COP26 climate summit in Scotland. She even spent a night in hospital for 'preliminary investigations' in mid-October, before being advised by her medical team to stay at home to rest at Windsor Castle. 

If that wasn't worrying enough, the Queen sprained her back and was forced to pull out of a Remembrance Day service in November. 

Royal fans are now desperate for updates on Her Majesty's condition, especially ahead of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022. 

"She's gone so thin," one worried fan commented on the latest photo of her. 

"She looks like she has lost weight," another follower wrote. 

Despite her frail appearance, Her Majesty has continued to undertake a number of duties from her office at Windsor. On Tuesday, the Queen showed off her impressive language skills after sending a heartfelt French message to the victims of the recent flooding in British Columbia. 

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.