THE QUEEN has “ruled out using a wheelchair” & “still hopes” to attend Prince Philip’s memorial – but aides are keeping her diary under review.
It comes after Buckingham Palace announced she was not fit enough to attend today’s Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey. Palace staff feared how “comfortable” she would be travelling to London from Windsor then spending up to an hour at the event.
Sources stress that the 95-year-old monarch is not ill and is “as committed to her duties of state as ever”.
But senior royal aides are believed to have accepted how old age has caught up with Her Majesty.
According to the Daily Mail, a source said: “The Queen is still as alert, able and interested as ever but, physically, she isn’t as strong as she once was, which is entirely understandable for a woman of her age.”
They continued: “The Royal Family understands the important role investitures play in recognising service and celebrating people’s contribution to society and there has been a real drive to catch up on the backlog created by Covid restrictions.
“The Prince of Wales, Princess Royal and Duke of Cambridge have been leading the charge. It’s easy to envisage that they will continue in that vein but I wouldn’t rule out Her Majesty doing smaller or one-off investitures.”
The Queen has also not been able to walk her beloved corgis due to her frailty. She has been unable to take them out at Windsor Castle for six months and it is feared she may never again.
Prince Philip’s memorial service will take place at Westminster Abbey on March 29.
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