QUEEN ELIZABETH II was spotted wearing a hearing aid in public for the first time on her way to church on Sunday – just hours ahead of the crisis summit at Sandringham.
The Queen was welcomed by a crowd of more than 250 people waiting on the premises of St Mary Magdalene Church yesterday. The monarch attended the Sunday Service at the church she usually goes to when in Norfolk.
But eagle-eyed royal watchers noticed there was something different with the Queen, as she was wearing a hearing aid inside her ears.
The monarch was believed to be using either an in the canal hearing aid (ITC) or a completely in the canal hearing aid (CIC), usually adopted by people who haven’t experienced severe hearing loss.
The NHS guidelines on these devices describe the ITC saying: ” They’re less visible than many other types of hearing aid, but can be trickier to use and aren’t usually powerful enough for people with severe hearing loss.”
The CIC are even smaller devices, which fit perfectly in the ear canal, the NHS also explains.
The Queen was seen wearing a hearing aid in public for the first time (Image: GETTY)
The Queen heading to St Mary Magdalene Church yesterday (Image: GETTY)
The guidelines continue: “(CIC) fit further into the opening of your ear than ITC hearing aids and are barely visible.
But these hearing aids aren’t usually powerful enough for people with severe hearing loss.
“They’re also quite fiddly and some can only be put in and taken out by a hearing aid specialist.”
The Queen is hosting a summit at Sandringham today (Image: GETTY)
The Queen is believed to have had a close-to-perfect hearing until the age of 93 – just like her husband Prince Philip.
The Duke of Edinburgh was spotted for the first time wearing a hearing aid in October 2014 – when he was 93.
The Queen arrived in Sandringham on December 20, one day after delivering the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament.
The Queen has asked her aides and royals to find a solution to the ongoing crisis in days rather than weeks (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they want to step back as senior royals (Image: GETTY)
She is expected to remain in Norfolk until February 6, the day her father King George VI died in 1952.
However, her long winter break is far from being restful, as the monarch is currently dealing with the crisis provoked by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry last Wednesday, when they announced their intention to step back as senior royals.
Today, the Queen is meeting with Prince Charles and Prince William to discuss with Prince Harry possible solutions to this ongoing issue.
Meghan, who returned in the UK with Harry earlier this month, has flown back to Canada on Thursday, and is expecting to join the royal meeting with a phone call.
How does the Crown estate work? (Image: EXPRESS)
In their statement, Meghan and Harry asked to be allowed to become financially independent, pursue their interests while continuing to serve and represent the Queen.
They have also asked to be able to live between the UK and North America, to let their son remain in touch with his British and royal roots.
Senior aides were instructed by the Queen last week to find possible ways to carve out the role desired by Meghan and Harry, but one source warned it won’t be easy to find a compromise between what the Crown needs and what the Sussexes want.
A source said: “It is anticipated that at the end of the meeting a series of steps will be agreed, in line with Her Majesty’s wish for this to be resolved within days not weeks.
Prince Charles arrived in Sandringham yesterday after a short visit to Oman (Image: GETTY)
“That’s certainly the aim. But there will need to be an understanding that any decision will take time to be implemented and is complicated by issues including the HMRC, security and the like.”
Piling on pressure to the aides and the royals, yesterday ITV broadcaster and Harry’s friend Tom Bradby warned that the couple could release a bombshell interview, revealing everything about the Royal Family if they don’t get what they want.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK