In May, Prince Charles formally opened Britain’s Parliament. It was the first time in nearly 60 years that his mother did not attend the ceremony.
Last month, the Queen also missed the first day of Royal Ascot because of mobility issues, and during her Platinum Jubilee celebration she was absent from a church service due to “discomfort.”
The proud royal also used a cane for an official portrait during the Order of the Garter service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in June.
Last month, royal expert Daniela Elser penned an op-ed for Australian outlet News.com.AU, saying images of the queen greeting New South Wales Governor Margaret Beazley in the UK were “nothing short of alarming.”
“The difference is truly startling,” Elser wrote. “In the intervening 12 months, Her Majesty would appear to have become markedly more stooped, much thinner and overall appears to have shrunk.”
However, last week, she visited Scotland for her annual Holyrood week, which celebrates the nation’s culture, in an eye-catching monochromatic lavender ensemble.