Queen postpones Privy Council meeting after doctors advise her to rest

7 September 2022, 18:10 | Updated: 7 September 2022, 19:02

The Queen has been advised to rest.
The Queen has been advised to rest. Picture: Alamy

By Emma Soteriou

The Queen has postponed her Privy Council meeting after being advised by doctors to rest, Buckingham Palace has said.

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The 96-year-old monarch's latest setback will raise fresh fears for her health the day after she was pictured in a historic audience with Liz Truss, as she appointed her as the new Prime Minister.

A Palace spokesman said: "After a full day yesterday, Her Majesty has this afternoon accepted doctors' advice to rest.

"This means that the Privy Council meeting that had been due to take place this evening will be rearranged."

There is no constitutional issue with the delay to the proceedings, the palace added.

The Queen remains at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire and the latest advice does not involve a hospital stay.

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The nation's longest-reigning monarch has had ongoing mobility issues and was due to hold the Privy Council virtually on Wednesday.

During the proceedings, Ms Truss would have taken her oath as First Lord of the Treasury and new Cabinet ministers would have been sworn into their roles, and also made privy counsellors if not already appointed as one in past.

The Queen met with outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday, as well as appointing Ms Truss at Balmoral for the first time in her reign, breaking from tradition.

The two politicians made the 1,000 round trip from London, rather than making the monarch, who has suffered episodic mobility problems since last October, travel back from Scotland.

The smiling head of state looked bright but frail and used a walking stick during both audiences.

The Queen also had another duty afterwards recorded in the Court Circular.

She invested her Communications Secretary Donal McCabe with the Insignia of a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO), an honour in the monarch's personal gift for service to the royal family.

A number of guests was also seen leaving the castle before the first audiences began, with the Queen often having family members and friends to stay during her annual holiday.

The monarch usually appoints leaders from Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle but was advised to remain at her Scottish residence.

Buckingham Palace has declined to give an ongoing commentary on the monarch's health.

During her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Queen only travelled to Buckingham Palace twice, first for her Trooping the Colour balcony appearance and then for a finale after the pageant.

She spends most of her time at Windsor Castle, 22 miles from central London, living there during the pandemic and while major renovations take place at the Palace, and for her comfort.

She secretly spent a night in hospital in October undergoing tests and was then under doctors' orders to rest for the next three months, missing the Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph service and Cop26 climate change talks.