Alarm Over Queen Elizabeth’s Health Reveals a Harsh Royal Truth

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Now that it is known - 24 hours after the event - that the Queen had spent a night in the hospital and was not "resting" in Windsor Castle, as the palace press corps were told, there are complaints that the messaging is poor and make the situation worse.
Of course, if one tries to hide the hospital visit, the only question that arises is: what has not yet been revealed? And inevitably they renew speculation about whether the Queen will have to quit her job for good.
So it is important to realize how much the future of the whole rickety building of House Windsor still rests solely on the Queen's shoulders.
Queen Elizabeth "reluctantly" accepts the doctors' orders to rest: Buckingham Palace
A moment that makes this very clear came in May. Just a month after Prince Philip's death, the Queen was driven to Parliament by Windsor Castle to deliver the speech that opens a new session. There was no dark widow's herb. She wore a purple dress and hat and looked full of life. She was not wearing a mask while she spoke. Prince Charles and Camilla, socially distant on their left, did. The look was crystal clear: the widow monarch remained as spirited as her wardrobe and reaffirmed her command. Her long-standing legacy should not be enthroned.
A year earlier, before there was any hint that Philip was frail, many royal experts confidently predicted that the Queen would finally step down on April 21 of this year when she reached her ninety-fifth birthday. Charles would become Prince Regent - in fact he would be king, save for his name, and keep the title until the queen's death.
She wouldn't get any of it. The Queen has spent most of the year proving that 95 is the new 65. Sometimes she seemed as kinetic as the Duracell bunny. If many inferior mortals like to use the pandemic as an excuse to stay away from the office, they couldn't wait to get back to their office. In October alone, she carried out 15 formal engagements.
This is in great contrast to what happened in the last year of Philip's life. The royal couple found themselves in their own version of the lockdown, spending part of the summer of 2020 in quarantine at Wood Farm, a decidedly non-palatial retreat on their Sandringham, Norfolk estate. With only five bedrooms, this was the smallest of the houses available to them.
It was obviously comforting to leave the normal world behind - it was evident that the simpler regime allowed them to relive the early years of their marriage before the full weight of the crown fell on them.
After Philip's funeral - the only occasion the Queen was seen in black - it was reasonable to assume that it would take her some privacy time to mourn and take stock of how she was going to cope with the rest of her reign, as she neared the epic milestone of 70 years as monarch in February 2022.
But as her appearance in parliament announced, she was not in the mood to slow down. It was as if the oasis of calm had actually recharged the rabbit's batteries. Of course, some of their duties have been outsourced to Charles, and especially to Prince Edward and his beloved wife, Sophie. And Prince William and Kate are increasingly fulfilling two essential tasks: they are taking on more public duties and, with their vitality and accessibility, are proving to be refreshingly relevant for this century rather than the last.
But the really important point is that the Queen is always firmly in control of her ultimate and unique symbolic responsibility - performing the duties of a head of state, demonstrating the stability and continuity of a monarchy that has existed since the 7th century.
In addition, it is obvious that she really enjoys performing on an equal footing with other world leaders. That was seen at the G7 summit in Cornwall in June. As she took her place in the center of a group photo, she asked audibly, "Are you supposed to look like you are enjoying yourself?" That she was clearly.
At a time when the Meghan and Harry saga seemed to give the family a bad image in America, the Queen used her unique position to correct this situation like only herself as head of state. She invited Joe and Jill Biden to tea at Windsor Castle, where, the President ironically noted, the White House would fit into a courtyard.
This week the palace said the Queen is hoping to recover well enough to attend another meeting of world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Glasgow, which opens later this month. This is particularly noteworthy because so far she has always been content with giving Charles the space to be the voice of the monarchy in all things green. This was in line with the edict that the Queen should never express an opinion publicly on anything, a discipline she has always adhered to.
Charles was so keen to assert his own leadership on the matter that he granted an exclusive interview to the BBC's environmental correspondent to visit him at the Balmoral estate in Scotland, where he boasted that his vintage Aston Martin was his had been switched by the Queen on his twenty-first birthday (presumably to make him feel like he was sharing wheels with James Bond) on a biofuel made from white wine and cheese whey.
The BBC reporter tried to address the issue of Charles' carbon footprint, which is more like a carbon footprint - for example, Charles ’private jet left a 52.95 tonnes on a European tour to raise awareness about climate change.
Charles evaded the question, instead mentioning that he had installed solar panels in his London residence and in some farm buildings at his Highgrove country estate. He has never gone beyond this type of tokenism - for example, he owns thousands of acres of land in the south west of England that could but are not given over to the wind turbine.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, sit in the Houses of Parliament for the opening of Parliament on December 19, 2019 in London, England.
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Perhaps Mother, like many others, knows the truth that while Charles gave a commendable early warning of the consequences of climate change, his actions do not match what he said. The Queen's determination to keep Charles in the starting blocks for as long as possible while she is the focus suggests she fears that he is nowhere near the invigorating generational shift the monarchy needs to cope with the stresses of the monarchy grown to be twenty-first century.
Nor can she amuse herself that some palace insiders have made it clear that Charles intends to make Camilla his queen and not princess consort as his mother prefers.
However, there is a feeling that the Queen's determination to never give up on being a widely visible head of state is not solely due to the Prince of Wales's shortcomings. It must have been annoying for her to read the empty platitudes of the speech she was given at the opening of Parliament that the body she had to recognize as "my government", led by Boris Johnson, was setting the records for his mendacity and serial incompetence.
The queen has every reason to have developed an apres-moi, le-deluge complex. At the end of this historic rule, she can look back on the many pressures that have permanently changed her nation - politically, culturally, socially and economically. It was not always easy for her to adapt to them, and she made mistakes in tone of voice when responding to them. But now it seems like the only steady and steady hand helping the country hold together.
A few days ago, the Queen gracefully declined an offer from Oldie Magazine, which is committed to the spirit of longevity, to give her the annual “Oldie of the Year” honor. Her private secretary told the magazine, "Her Majesty believes you are as old as you feel, so the Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be accepted and hopes that you will find a more worthy recipient . " Let's hope she regains that spirit quickly.
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