Determined Queen’s health battle which she bravely fought for Platinum Jubilee

The Queen's health took a nasty turn last year which has forced her to pull out of several high profile events – but not all.

Despite being stricken by mobility issues, the 96-year-old has been determined to fulfil her duties as monarch this year whenever possible.

The Royal Family has flocked to the Monarch's side under the watchful eye of doctors at Balmoral on Thursday (September 8), 11 months after she was in hospital overnight for the first time during her reign.

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The latest of engagements Her Majesty was advised against attending was a virtual Privy Council on Wednesday (September 7), a day after appointing Liz Truss as Prime Minister at her home in the Scottish Highlands.

In October 2021, the Queen was aided by a walking stick at Westminster Abbey for the first time before doctors advised that she cancel a trip to Northern Ireland.

She was secretly admitted to hospital for "preliminary investigations" and had her first overnight stay in hospital for eight years on October 20 but the very next day she was back at her desk in Windsor, carrying out light duties.

Concern for her health mounted when she pulled out of more high-profile engagements, including the Cop26 climate change summit and the Festival of Remembrance.

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Buckingham Palace said the Queen was intent on attending the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, but missed it due to a sprained back.

For more than three months she carried out only light duties, including virtual and face-to-face audiences in the confines of Windsor Castle.

Bouncing back in February, she celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, by meeting charity workers at Sandringham House and cutting a cake in what was her largest in-person public engagement since October.

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The country's longest-reigning sovereign remarked during an in-person audience in February: "Well, as you can see, I can't move."

There were fears for her health when she caught Covid, testing positive on February 20, with the virus leaving her "very tired and exhausted".

Elizabeth II carried on with light duties while self-isolating at Windsor but had to cancel some virtual audiences.

The Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March, again proved too much for the Queen to attend but she rallied to honour the Duke of Edinburgh at a memorial service at the end of March.

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TV viewers saw her walk slowly and carefully with a stick and holding on to the Duke of York's elbow for support.

In May 2022, she missed the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in nearly 60 years, with Buckingham Palace attributing her absence to "episodic mobility problems".

The Windsor Horse Show also in May was attended by the Monarch who was the guest of honour at the equestrian extravaganza A Gallop Through History.

She even made a surprise 10 minute appearance to officially open the Elizabeth line at Paddington Station and was driven around the Chelsea Flower Show in her new hi-tech golf buggy for her comfort.

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Despite her troubles, she mustered the energy to thrill crowds from the Buckingham Palace balcony and later at Windsor Castle on the first day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations on June 2.

But the next day she pulled out of the Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral after experiencing "discomfort" during the previous day's celebrations.

The decision was considered regrettable, it is understood, but sensible due to the length of the journey and time involved and the physical demands the event would have required.


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