AFP, published on Friday, September 02, 2022 at 3:56 p.m.
Queen Elizabeth II, who at 96 is struggling to get around, will miss a folk festival in Scotland which she usually attends, reigniting concerns about her health, British media reported on Friday.
After having given up on returning to London to enthrone the new Prime Minister on Tuesday, the monarch has decided not to go to the Braemar Gathering this weekend, where her heir Prince Charles will go.
The decision was made “for his comfort”, said the Press Association agency.
The Queen spends the end of the summer like every year in her Scottish residence of Balmoral and usually attends this event where teams compete for trunk or hammer throwing competitions.
Since a night in the hospital almost a year ago for unspecified examinations, the queen shows up more and more rarely due to problems getting around.
She delegates an increasing part of her functions to her son Charles, who notably delivered in May in her place for the first time the speech from the throne in Parliament, one of her essential constitutional functions.
On Tuesday, it is at Balmoral, and not at Buckingham Palace in London, that she will receive Boris Johnson, who will present his resignation and then his successor, whose name (Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak) will be announced on Monday.
In early June, the British had celebrated for four days the 70 years of reign of Elizabeth II, who is the oldest monarch in the world in office. She remained almost absent from this platinum jubilee, showing herself only twice briefly on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of tens of thousands of people.
A few weeks later, on the other hand, she showed up several times for public appearances in Scotland, appearing smiling and with a cane during an armed forces parade in Edinburgh at the end of June.