Royal aides told not to ‘overstretch’ the Queen with royal duties says insider


After she appeared with a walking stick for the first time during a public royal appearance earlier this month, numerous media outlets wondered whether the Queen’s health was limiting her in her daily job as monarch. On Wednesday, more questions were raised after Buckingham announced that the Queen won’t be flying to Northern Island as scheduled as her doctor advised her to rest.

At 95 years old, Queen Elizabeth is still a full-time royal and has recently delivered speeches in Scotland and Wales before welcoming billionaire business leaders, presidential envoys and tech entrepreneurs to Windsor Castle to mark the Global Investment Summit.

A whole team is in charge of making sure that the monarch doesn’t have too much on her plate at the same time, but, according to an insider, they sometimes ask her for too much.

Hugo Vickers, who was involved in planning the silver, golden and diamond jubilees, said royal aides must ensure they did not “overstretch” the Queen by accepting too many duties.

“They are sometimes quite good at pacing things by changing things here and there, which makes things easier for her, but I am afraid I don’t think they are always as thoughtful as they should be,” he told The Times.

A royal source also said there has been a “dissension” on the elaboration of the Queen’s agenda.

She is set to attend the COP26 in Glasgow later this year and will be involved in even more events next year as she will celebrate her 2022 Platinum Jubilee.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said on Wednesday: “The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days.

“Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow.

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Royal expert, Phil Dampier, has even suggested Lady Louise, daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, could choose to become a princess and have a new role within the royal family.

He told the Mirror: “Because she’s the granddaughter of the Queen, Lady Louise can call herself a princess when she becomes 18.”



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