The state of health of Elizabeth II, Queen of England, is showing more and more that at her age -95 years- she prefers to avoid transfers and public exposure.
Hence, the British royal house has to work hard so that the monarch can continue to assume her responsibilities and at the same time, her subjects do not perceive her deterioration in a very clear way.
One month after her 96th birthday, the next appointment on her agenda is the first anniversary of the death of her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 on April 9 last year. And as the British press has commented, Buckingham Palace is planning a quasi-military operation to bring the monarch to her husband’s memorial service, while she keeps her out of sight of the paparazzi.
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The Daily Mail reports that the queen is scheduled to fly 15 minutes by helicopter from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace for the event, which will take place on March 29. Afterward, the head of state will be taken in a carriage the short distance from the Palace to Westminster Abbey. The entire courtyard will be screened off according to plans for the royal household, which also include six-foot-high privacy screens and a possible football-style tunnel that would block any photographer’s view when the queen leaves. vehicle.
The idea, it seems, is because the queen does not want to be seen in public in a wheelchair for fear of repeating a famous image of her late sister, Princess Margaret, in the months before her death.
These reports come after Elizabeth II withdrew from Commonwealth Day service last week over concerns about her “comfort” on the 60-mile journey, and questions about whether she could stand having to sit in the Abbey. from Westminster for over an hour.
But the queen is determined to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service. Elizabeth II wants to walk as long as possible and so far she has ruled out using a wheelchair in public.
Buckingham Palace has valued this option so that the monarch can move around the southern and eastern parts of the enclosure with greater speed and comfort. The possibility of her being able to sit before the audience arrives instead of being last, as is tradition, is also being explored.