Why is the Queen unwell? What public event has she missed?


Why is the Queen unwell? What public event has she missed?

THE QUEEN was today forced to pull out of an major public engagement attended by Hollywood star Angelina Jolie – but what was it and why is she unwell?

The 92-year-old is known for her strong constitution but in recent years has suffered occasional heavy colds, sometimes forcing her to stand down from royal duties.

2018 has been a particularly busy year for the head of monarch with two new great-grandchildren – Prince Louis and Zara Tindall’s daughter Lena Elizabeth – and the wedding of Harry and Meghan.

In May, the Queen had eye surgery to remove a cataract, prior to attending her grandson Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle.

But she was treated as a day patient and did not cancel any planned appearances.

Why is the Queen unwell? What public event has she missed?
The Queen is suffering from a summer cold, confirmed Buckingham Palace this morning.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen is feeling under the weather today and has decided not to attend this morning’s service at St Paul’s Cathedral marking the 200th anniversary of the Order of St Michael and St George.

“Her Majesty will be represented by The Duke of Kent as Grand Master of the Order.”

No doctor was called and the Queen is still travelling to Windsor this afternoon for the weekend as planned.

Ms Jolie, who was invited to today’s service as a receipt of honour from the order, was granted the accolade by the Queen on the prime minister’s advice.

How many engagements does the Queen carry out a year?
Despite being in her 90s, the Queen still plays a very active role as monarch.

She attended 296 engagements in 2017 and continues to tour the UK, although she has handed over foreign trips to younger members of the family.

Angelina Jolie at the St Paul's Cathedral service Photo (C) EPA
Angelina Jolie at the St Paul’s Cathedral service Photo (C) EPA

This week, Prince William made a historic trip on behalf of the Royal Family as he journeyed to Jordan, Israel and Palestine.

The Queen’s loyal husband, Prince Philip, only retired from public duties in 2017 when he was 96.

He bowed out of public life after almost 70 years of official royal duties.

Will the Queen retire?
There has been no mention of the Queen retiring either to old age or ill health.

An announcement is not expected any time soon either.

Britain’s longest-reigning living monarch swore an oath at her 1953 coronation to serve her country until she dies.