In early 2022, the Queen had fans worried about her health when she revealed that she couldn't walk. However, later that year, she showed up in a way that had them swarming social media, feeling relieved!
In October 2021, the Queen, then 95, shocked royal fans when she appeared walking with a cane at Westminister's Service of Thanksgiving to mark the Centenary of the Royal British Legion.
She was accompanied by her daughter, Princess Anne. It was the first time the monarch was seen out in public using a walking stick since 2003, when she used one while recovering from knee surgery.
Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Anne at a Service of Thanksgiving to mark the Centenary of the Royal British Legion in London on October 12, 2021. | Source: Getty Images
Seventeen years ago, Anne's mother had surgery to remove some torn cartilage from her right knee. According to a royal insider, the Queen used the cane for her "comfort" and not because of an injury.
Even though it was the first time in 17 years that she'd used a cane publicly, the royal didn't seem to be struggling. Pictures taken from the event showed her looking cheerful and happy.
HOW THE QUEEN'S HEALTH DETERIORATED
The cane incident was the first sign that the Queen's health was deteriorating. In November 2021, the monarch missed London's Remembrance Sunday service held at the Cenotaph with the announcement that she'd sprained her back, with Buckingham Palace stating:
“Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service."
Queen Elizabeth II at a Service of Thanksgiving to mark the centenary of The Royal British Legion at Westminster Abbey on October 12, 2021, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
“Nobody regrets the Queen's absence today more deeply than Her Majesty."
It wasn't revealed how the monarch injured herself, but it was unrelated to the doctor's visit she'd recently made where she was advised to rest. Royal fans were disappointed as they were looking forward to seeing her on the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
However, it would've been difficult for her to travel 30 miles by car from Windsor to London. She also wouldn't have been able to meet with political and military leaders and stand for around 30 minutes on the balcony.
Queen Elizabeth II welcomed outgoing Defence Service Secretaries Rear Admiral James Macleod and incoming Defence Service Secretaries Major General Eldon Millar at the Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on February 16, 2022. | Source: Getty Images
The second sign that the Queen wasn't doing well occurred in February 2022 during her first in-person engagement since her son, Prince Charles, and his wife, Duchess Camilla, tested positive for COVID-19.
In a YouTube clip, The Royal Family Channel shared, the monarch called out "I'm here!" to the incoming and outgoing Defence Services Secretaries who'd arrived to meet with her. Waiting in a room at Windsor Castle, she said:
“Well, as you can see, I can't move.”
The royal was seen balancing herself with a cane as the two men walked in. She shuffled along to extend her hand to greet the two men, with Buckingham Palace declining to comment about the state of her health.
According to a palace source, the Queen had been feeling "slightly stiff," calling for using a walking stick. The insider claimed the royal hadn't gotten injured and was not unwell.
THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT ABOUT THE QUEEN'S ILL HEALTH
In May 2022, the Queen, then 96, pulled out of her duties at the State Opening of Parliament because of recurring mobility issues. Buckingham Palace released a statement revealing how the monarch couldn't attend because of experiencing "episodic mobility problems."
The palace shared how the Queen consulted her doctors to help mend the problem. She couldn't open a parliamentary session for the third time in her 70-year reign.
In her stead, the British Throne's heir, Charles, and his eldest son, Prince William, stepped in for the ceremony. Mirror revealed how common it was for the elderly to face mobility issues, and the monarch was past the average retirement age.
The word "episodic" meant the incidences were "happening occasionally and not at regular intervals." It meant the Queen only occasionally suffered from the health issue but didn't always struggle with getting around.
To top it off, in February 2022, the fully vaccinated monarch tested positive for COVID-19. Buckingham Palace confirmed the news by sharing how the royal was suffering from " mild cold-like symptoms."
Despite the diagnosis, she could continue some of her duties at Windsor. The Queen continued receiving medical assistance as she fought the virus that added to her health issues and followed the necessary COVID-19 guidelines.
During her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022, the royal was able to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the Trooping the Colour parade. However, she announced that she wouldn't attend the St. Paul's Cathedral service because of her ongoing mobility issues.
A Twitter user noticed how the Queen appeared to be "moving quite spryly" as she smiled and laughed.
She missed out on the National Service of Thanksgiving, held the following day, despite enjoying the Flypast and Birthday Parade. The palace explained what the Queen had considered before her decision, stating:
"Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in tomorrow's National Service of Thanksgiving, Her Majesty, with great reluctance, has concluded that she will not attend."
THE QUEEN'S SURPRISE APPEARANCE DELIGHTED FANS
In July 2022, the Queen and Anne made a surprise visit to open the new 28-bed Thames Hospice in Maidenhead. She appeared to be in good spirits, smiling and happy as she spoke to volunteers, staff, and a patient.
The monarch used a cane to move around but seemed to be doing much better. Royal fans were pleased to see how well the Queen looked in a Twitter video shared by The Royal Family Channel, even able to stand for long periods.
A Twitter user noticed how the Queen appeared to be "moving quite spryly" as she smiled and laughed. The fan believed it was "most encouraging" to see this with the royal being 96 before sharing their hopes to see more activities like that after the monarch had rested.
A sixth fan thought the Queen appeared to have a "spring in her step" during the visit. Someone else shared how "lovely" it was to see Anne's mother completing an event far from the castle or the palace and loved the cheers she got as she departed.
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