Queen Elizabeth was hospitalized overnight & the palace delayed announcing it

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Over the course of one week, three things happened with Queen Elizabeth II. One, she used a walking cane at a few public events. Two, there was a report that her doctors insisted that she stop drinking. Three, she cancelled a two-day trip to Northern Ireland at the very last minute. Buckingham Palace insisted that the Queen only cancelled the trip “reluctantly” and that it was merely because she was tired and over-scheduled in the past month. All of that was true, I believe. But it also feels like BP is playing a bit fast and loose with some other issues. As it turns out, QEII was hospitalized overnight this week and the palace only announced it after the fact, when she returned to Windsor Castle.

The Queen spent the night in hospital for tests after canceling official duties. Royal doctors sent the 95-year-old sovereign to be seen by specialists in London on Wednesday afternoon.

Her Majesty was discharged — with Buckingham Palace saying she was in “good spirits” after “preliminary investigations” during her visit to hospital. It was believed her medical team acted out of caution to have her admitted on Wednesday And the overnight stay — her first in a hospital for eight years — was for practical reasons. Yesterday afternoon Her Maj, 95, was understood to be back at her desk at Windsor Castle. She was said to be reading her official government red boxes and is expected to recuperate for the rest of the week.

The Palace said: “Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today [Thursday] and remains in good spirits.”

It was believed the Queen stayed the night at the unnamed London hospital only as it was getting too late to take her on a 26-mile trip home. She was not thought to have had an overnight hospital stay since March 2013 when she was treated for a stomach bug at King Edward VII’s Hospital in Marylebone, central London. And it was believed to be just her fifth major hospital trip in 40 years.

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[From Page Six]

This sounds much more serious than “she really just needs some sleep and to stay off her feet for a few days.” Even if those were her symptoms – tiredness, unsteady on her feet – I don’t believe her personal doctors would have gone so far as to have her admitted to a hospital for tests. It does feel like something more significant is happening. Also: while QEII isn’t a president, she is the “head of state,” and there are very real protocols about who gets informed when she’s feeling poorly, or when she visits a hospital, etc. In America, we call it the continuity of government (CoG) planning in case the worse case scenario happens. Were all of those government ministers informed? Was Charles informed? At least this explains the mystery of why the royal commentators didn’t have any palace-prepared talking points on Wednesday and Thursday – the palace was actively covering up the Queen’s hospitalization.

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  1. Over it says:

    Funny how her and William medical issues can stay private but every bit of Meghan parts down under are up for public discussion.
    Anyway, hope she is feeling better.

    • ABritGuest says:

      Firstly Lilibet Snr has looked frailer recently so hope it’s nothing serious& she’s getting better. Would be nice for certain heirs to actually step up instead of PR stunts so she can rest more.

      Secondly I agree they are all entitled to medical privacy & instead of lying the palace should have said no comment until she was home& they were ready to discuss hospital stay- which they probably have to do as she’s head of state. The nerve to report william wasn’t impressed by H&M keeping Archie’s birth private & not talking about William keeping his covid diagnosis quiet & KP aides allegedly lying about it.

      I wonder who spilled to the Sun about the queen’s hospital stay. Funny how Meghan was able to quietly have a baby and announce it 2 days later when the press said royals had more privacy in UK.

      Finally another example of the palace lying. I remember a certain duchess saying the palace was willing to lie to protect others but not willing to tell the truth to protect her & her husband. The press courtiers are fuming- even Rebecca English saying the palace’s statement before the Sun story wasn’t the truth& the BBC royal reporter was talking about misinformation. The palace better be careful as the rota are spitting mad.

    • Myra says:

      It’s also amazing how people suddenly understand the meaning of “privacy” even if you’re in the public eye. When it comes to Meghan, apparently privacy takes on a different meaning and you have to disappear completely from the public eye to attain it.

    • Nic919 says:

      William can’t have it both ways. If he is FFK then he should have disclosed his diagnosis in a timely way, just as Charles did. If he wanted to claim privacy then he should not be acting like he should be the next king. They are going to have to curtail his behaviour because he’s already got a super injunction shutting down talk of his peccadillos so what else will he do with more power.

      As for the palace lying about the Queen, well it is possible they didn’t want to say she was at a hospital overnight so the media wouldn’t camp out there. In the scheme of lies the palace has told, it is on the minor end because they did disclose she was taking a rest. What is interesting is the uk media freak out over this particular lie.

      • SnoodleDumpling says:

        I think the media is freaking out because THEY weren’t told of what was going on behind the scenes. It’s standard for the British press to be told the truth, be told they absolutely MUST NOT tell anyone, and also here’s the official story you can tell the world with an exclusive anonymous quote.

        Basically, the British press is fine with the Royal Family lying to the world so long as the Royal Family isn’t lying to the press and the press is in on the cover-up.

  2. Jules says:

    I think gan gan is on her way out. This often happens to elderly spouses around the 6 month mark after their decades old husband or wife passes. I think BP and Prince Charles are actively defecating themselves. He wasn’t prepared to say goodbye to both his parents in such a short span.

    • Mynameispearl says:

      She better stay ok, work are giving us an extra days annual leave for her jubilee next year 😂 I assume we’d get a day for the funeral and / coronation, but I figured thatd be extra days the year after probably. Mercenary, but that’s been the discussions in work all morning lol

      • Watcher says:

        I love this insight into how real people in the UK are reacting to this news, thank you!

      • Anne says:

        You’re entitled to that outlook as your tax money pays for the comfort of these royals.

      • Jules says:

        I’m on board with those sentiments for the extra holidays. I do hope she does make it, if only to spite Baldimort from access to more power and wealth 🤣 But Charles seemed fairly teary during his visit to see Prince Phillip in hospital. So even if you have a toxic relationship with your parents. Maybe you still care when they pass?

      • Tessa says:

        I hope William has a long wait before he gets to be King. And I hope Charles reins William in when he gets to be King.

    • anotherlily says:

      I think Charles is well prepared for the moment he becomes King. He will speak to the nation just a few hours after the Queen’s death is announced.

    • LadyMTL says:

      This happened to my great-aunt and uncle who were in their 80′s: she passed away and almost exactly six months later he did as well.
      I don’t personally think TQ is going anywhere anytime soon, IMHO it’s not that unusual to take a 95 year old to the hospital if they’re not feeling well…but then again, I could be wrong. Time will tell.

    • L says:

      Charlies ready to take his place. Considering his history I doubt he’s “too” upset. I don’t wanna sound callous but considering how he was with Diana and now Harry this man has shown us exactly who he is when it comes to getting power.

      • Lady D says:

        He has also never displayed a close relationship with either parent. I honestly don’t think it will impact Charles the way it would a loving and close family, but I could be way off base with my conjecture. Maybe he’ll discover he does care?

      • Tessa says:

        Charles closest relationships were with his maternal Grandmother, the Queen Mother, who spoiled him and encouraged IMO his being egocentric. And his honorary grandfather, Mountbatten who was his mentor.

    • rea says:

      Yes I thought about that phenomenon too, broken heart symptom. Carrie from Star Wars passed away then her mother passed away afterwards. I hope QE recovers but I think overall this year has been a shit show for her. Her favorite son with his legal troubles is also taking a toll on her health, and the image she is trying to keep for the royal family of stability, etc is crumbling.

      • Ann says:

        Debbie Reynolds literally died the day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, did. They were very close.

        My father-in-law lived for about another year and a half after my mother-in-law passed. He was in pretty good shape for a while, and about a year after she died he even re-connected with an old flame and spent some time with her. After that, the decline was quick and steep. But he had cancer, so it’s different, I guess.

      • TeamMeg says:

        Debbie also famously could not bear being upstaged by Carrie. That was the joke. No disrespect—I adored them both.

    • MMadison says:

      Seriously….Does ANYONE really believe that The Queen of England spent the night in the hospital and the media DIDN’T know this….come on these people all knew. They just couldn’t report on it until given the all clear. NO WAY she goes to a hospital without their knowledge. Maybe the RR didn’t know because frankly I doubt the Palace would tell them anything but I’m certain the Palace had to inform the media at a certain level to make sure nothing got out without their approval or before they saw fit.

    • HeyJude says:

      IDK If they really cut her off from such a high amount of alcohol (what was it something like 4 drinks a day, most of them hard liquor) and tried to manage it at the palace, she really and truly could have just been having a bad drying out that turned towards needing some hospital services since she is 95.

      Frankly, I don’t have faith the palace can walk and chew gum at the same time without mucking it up, let alone detox a nonagenarian properly.

    • Lizzie says:

      Well yes and no. They hadn’t lived together for years so it’s hard to compare the effect of Philips death on the queen to most grandparents who spend decades living together.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      Jules
      I believe the timeframe is up to a year. Within that time of one spouse passing the other will follow. The science behind it is interesting if you can find a good study that details how we blend with a spouse. The eye contact. The touch. The voice we hear. All that triggers reactions in us affecting our organs. When that trigger is gone we sort of wither away because that person became a big enough part of us that we can’t live without them.

      Philip did cheat and they did live apart, but he was still important to her.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      Gan gan on the way out is the ultimate Bring Harry Home ploy. They tried with thanking the Diana donors, then they toyed with the memorial for Phillip ploy. Finally they are pulling out their trump card. Lillibet’s namesake is ill.

  3. Seraphina says:

    Yes it does feel like the palace is actively covering up – which makes people naturally think more is being kept than what we are reading. And at this point, what ever press release we read, how much trust do we place in it due to the covers. What is sad is that she continues to press on when at her age she should be resting and letting her son take his place – the one he has waited to take for decades. Heck, I would be resting in a palace, petting all my crowns and tiaras and sipping a good brandy if I were in her shoes.

    • Snuffles says:

      Regardless of who or what situation they are talking about, I always assume it was way worse than they are willing to admit and they are twisting the truth if not flat out lying.

      • Seraphina says:

        Snuffles, agreed. We are fed what they want to feed us (and I am not only speaking of the BRF here) and we must discern from that what we read.

      • SnoodleDumpling says:

        Oof, words to LIVE by when it comes to the BRF.

      • The Hench says:

        Yep – there were a few things in the palace statement that stood out to me – for example this ridiculous line:
        “It was believed the Queen stayed the night at the unnamed London hospital only as it was getting too late to take her on a 26-mile trip home. ”

        Sorry but nonsense. London to Windsor (the 26 mile trip home referred to) can be done in less than half an hour if you are an ordinary member of the public -I’ve driven it many times. It can be 20 mins if it’s late at a night AND probably less if you’re the bloody Queen and being driven in a high-speed convoy of Range Rovers with blue lights – which is how she travels up and down the M4. Again, seen her myself multiple times.

        If this was “just a routine check for safety” then they wouldn’t have needed to either take her to the hospital late at night or – if she went earlier and there wasn’t anything serious – have kept her until late. So, which was it? Options that make sense are:
        - She went in very late because it was an emergency and therefore unplanned.
        - She went in during the day but they found enough to worry them that they kept her until really late (because you don’t keep Her Majesty hanging around for nothing. She doesn’t end up laying on a trolley in a corridor for hours waiting for an MRI like us mere mortals)
        - She went in during the day and investigations were quick but what they found worried them enough that they kept her overnight and the Palace came up with this silly “it’s too far for her to get home now” excuse to cover it.

        I’m with the last one.

      • Amy Too says:

        Didn’t they say that Philip was in the hospital for some routine testing and it was totally not a big deal and then when they sent him home they said he was super good and healthy, then he died within weeks.

      • Jan90067 says:

        I guess we’ll get a good idea of it if she shows up for that Summit in Scotland in a wk or so, and see just how she manages. If only Charles and Bitter Brother go, well… we’ll know.

  4. Snuffles says:

    I see on Twitter that the RRs are MAD about being left out of the loop. Honestly, the public should be too. She’s not my Queen but it’s obvious the people of the UK are deeply attached to her.

    Man! Courtiers can’t even get this right. They are SO unprepared for when the Queen goes.

    • Jane says:

      Yes, Nicholas Witchell was ready to cut a bitch about being lied to by the palace, which was just hilarious. Of course this is absolutely the first time ever that the Royal family have mislead the media and released false information to cover something up!

    • Brit says:

      Something weird is going on over there. Now the palace his hiding information and Will is giving exclusives to people, which ticked off the British Press. That family is tired and the press is starting to feel at little antsy. I don’t know if it’s because of the blackout with Andrew and William and the Sussexes, their golden geese, getting away. The press were already pissed about not seeing Lilli/Christening and the Diana party trap but now William courting the American press and BP lying. Hmm..

      • The Hench says:

        Yes, the Royal Family appears to veer wildly in their approach to the media between leaking like a sieve and hoarding information whilst frantically lying to cover their tracks.

        Funnily enough I do not feel any sympathy for those poor, widdle reporters.

  5. Brit says:

    Maybe it’s me it something is going on with the BM and RF. You got Will and Kate giving exclusives to People Magazine, to which the DM and other tabloids were surprised. BP delayed or basically lied about the Queen. William had Covid and didn’t tell anyone. Beatrice and Eugenie are clearly taking the Sussex influence with the births of their children. I’m sure Eugenie has been pressured by the press to give a tour of Frogmore, to which we have never seen yet. They’re giving the press a marry to round with whether the Sussexes will come to UK or not, which the family has not delivered. It’s like these two entities are about to crack.

    • SnoodleDumpling says:

      Oh, it’s not just you. The shit storm is brewing and it is going to be a DOOZY.

      The clock will strike midnight, Queenie will give her last gasping breath, the Corgis of all of England will shudder and howl, and the truths behind a thousand lies will unfurl like so many bat wings and FLY across the pages of every tabloid, newspaper, and entertainment media site the world over.

      But in all seriousness, yes. Obviously the family has stretched everything to the breaking point, the British media has been chafing at their restraints for YEARS, and it’s been an open secret for more than 20 years that there are a LOT of people in the media and out of it who are only holding their tongues out of respect for Queenie herself.

      • tempest prognosticator says:

        Just gotta say, your comment was a fun read @snoodkedumpling.

      • Brit says:

        Love this comment so much

      • Lorelei says:

        @SnoodedDumpling your second paragraph is great, and reminds me exactly of how Keith Morrison always opens his episodes on Dateline. I actually read it in his voice in my head. Poetry 😂

      • Jais says:

        That was awesome snoodledumpling!

      • Surly Gale says:

        “Corgis will howl” has me howling!! This is a great comment @SnoodleDumpling

      • aftershocks says:

        @Snoodledumpling said:
        “. The shit storm is brewing and it is going to be a DOOZY. The clock will strike midnight, Queenie will give her last gasping breath, the Corgis of all of England will shudder and howl, and the truths behind a thousand lies will unfurl like so many bat wings and FLY across the pages of every tabloid, newspaper, and entertainment media site the world over.”

        👍 🐕 🤪 🤣 😂
        This is wild, but colorfully so true and right on the mark!!! Well-crafted @Snoodledumpling!

        LOL for days:
        “… the truths behind a thousands lies will unfurl like so many bat wings and FLY across the pages of every tabloid…” hopefully heralding and foreshadowing the death of the British Windsor monarchy!!!

    • WithTheAmerican says:

      This is result of the press being royal propaganda. Of course the royals don’t feel like they need to be honest to the press. The press is in their back pocket. What are they going to do?

      RR can’t have it both ways

  6. Sim Kin says:

    So you mean the palace outright lies when they want to? Interesting considering royal reporters insisted their sources were impeccable and never lie or twist the truth.

  7. Jan says:

    They have been trotting her out like she is super woman, her husband almost killed a mother and her child before he was forced to stop driving.
    Someone will have to stop the Queen from acting like she is indispensable (she is for England) rarely wearing a mask during a Pandemic.
    The Netherlands and Spain’s Queen and King stepped down and their Countries are still standing.
    If Andy was the Heir, she would’ve hand over power long ago.

    • Duch says:

      Oh that’s an interesting thought about Andy – it does give you an idea of how differently the transition really might have happened. After all you can still “serve your country” by supporting the next monarch.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She honestly believes she was annointed by God. I cannot see her suddenly deciding to abdicate now. The UK and Denmark aren’t monarchies that encourage abdication.

      • Huh says:

        I think, too, with the role that her uncle’s abdication played in changing her own life so dramatically (both putting her directly into the line of succession and possibly/probably hastening her own father’s death) that she hasn’t ever seen it as a possibility.

  8. OriginalLala says:

    The fact that her hospital stay is being so downplayed, coupled with the repeated “she’s so healthy, she has rarely ever stayed in hospitals” makes it pretty clear that something serious is going on..

  9. russianblue says:

    Nicholas Witchell was wearing a black tie this morning as he reported that BP hadn’t been entirely truthful about her condition. I think this is really it.

    • MangoAngelesque says:

      @RussianBlue — That’s one of THE most British things I’ve ever read…lol! And so true! The truth, conveyed in symbolic clothing accessories, is absolutely the BRF way.

  10. Sofia says:

    They’ve got to stop using “in good spirits” when it comes to the elderly royals. Yes they use it so people don’t start death watching but it really doesn’t mean much anyways. People will death watch regardless. And her husband was “in good spirits” too but he’s not alive anymore.

    Since she was sent, it means she was/is dealing with something her in house doctors couldn’t deal with. Or maybe they sent her just as a precaution because she’s old. But if she’s back to Windsor, it means it’s been decided her doctors can treat her there as opposed to keeping her at BP where she can come to the hospital a lot quicker.

    But you never know with the royals when it comes to their health.

    • Ginger says:

      They said the same for Phillip right before he passed. Peter Hunt ( who covers the royals) mentioned this yesterday. It makes you wonder.

      • Tessa says:

        Philip was in and out of hospitals for years and was very sick at times. He was hospitalized during one of the Queen’s Jubilee years. He was in bad health for years before he finally decided to ‘retire.’

    • The Hench says:

      To be fair, given the drinking tally story, when they say the Queen “is in good spirits” they probably mean literally. The woman is swimming in gin. And sweet wine. And champagne.

  11. Vivica says:

    So, my MIL has CHF, HBP, anemia, liver disease and COPD. She gets really dizzy and has trouble walking sometimes. I wonder if it is something like that. If she’s having a bad day, there is lack of oxygen and blood to her brain. That combined with the diminished liver function, there can be a build up of toxins in her blood making her brain function wonky. We are starting to question her mental faculties as well. It’s not that she’s altered 24/7 but she is altered enough for it to become a talking point in the family.

  12. jbyrdku says:

    Her life mate is gone and she’s not far behind.

    • MJM says:

      Eh. Life mate who retired to Woodfarm to hang with his “close friend” – I think their marriage was a duty arrangement over many years more than a close relationship tbh.

  13. Amy Bee says:

    The Royal rota is pissed about this. But what did they expect from an institution that lies about everything. Meghan and Harry told us that the Palace put out lies about them all the time but the press chose not to believe what they said in the Oprah interview. I have no sympathy for the press but I also think the Palace was wrong to be more forthcoming with truth about the Queen. She’s the Head of State and the public had a right to know that she was admitted into hospital. The Palace played the press like a fiddle. But I doubt this will affect the invisible contract. The press will throw a tantrum for a few days and the Palace will throw out some red meat for them. Don’t be surprised if some new story about Meghan and Harry is leaked to the press over the weekend.

    • Brit says:

      The press knows they lie. The BM knows many things about that family which is why they’ve practically beat them into submission. Both of the RF and BM are in a toxic agreement. They’re going to be throwing more than tantrums because you have BP lying, William giving exclusives and photos to an American magazine and the family clearly can’t get the Sussexes back to the UK, which is what the press really want, no Lilli/Archie pics and the typical Thomas Markle distraction is no longer working. The family and palaces no longer has any leaks about the Sussexes to give the tabloids. They’re effectively muzzled about Andrew and William and they’ve been ignored and replaced by their golden geese for a more balanced and fair American media. They’re at a crossroads.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Brit: I do wonder if the press is taking out their anger towards William for the People exclusive on the Queen.

      • Brit says:

        @Amy Bee, I’m not sure honestly but I think they’re reaching a breaking point especially after the Diana party, which they clearly thought or promised that the Sussexes would come. That’s why GMB did that stupid interview with Thomas. They were angry. This all started with the Sussexes and access but they left and are thriving in the states , which wasnt supposed to happen. William hid that he had covid, they can’t deliver the Sussexes or provide leaks. No pictures of Archie and Lilli or info about her christening. Beatrice and Eugenie used the Sussexes template to announce the birth and pictures of their children. This past week with William/people and the Queen and none of the other royals aren’t glamorous or interesting enough to hold attention i.e The Magnificent Seven, I’d say patience is running thin.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Brit: I think press believes everything that the Palace tells them on the record and off is the truth. They believe the Palace is bound by the invisible contract to be truthful. To this day, Camilla Tominey believes that KP told her the truth about Meghan making Kate cry. The press is actually hurt today that the Palace lied to them. It reminds of the last day of the Southern Africa tour after Harry released his statement basically telling the press to eff off. They really believed that tour marked a turning point in their relationship with Harry and Meghan and that they were going to get access. I’m getting the same vibe from the press today.

  14. Songs (Or it didnt happen) says:

    Correct me if I am wrong, but as the reigning monarch, she could summon the finest doctors in all of Britain with a snap of her fingers, right? And afford to have *everything* a hospital could provide set up in one of the closets at the palace, of needed. So for her to stay overnight in a medical center seems pretty serious……

    • notasugarhere says:

      I doubt they’d move in an MRI, CatScan, or other large-scale medical equipment. They were able to get her to hospital, have the tests done, she stayed overnight, and it was kept secret until someone leaked to the Sun.

  15. Coco says:

    They should give her back her alcohol if she wants it.
    I just had a thought – of all the heads of state, both of her own and of nations around the world, she’s met in her long life, the last one she might ever see face to face is Boris Johnson.

    • SarahCS says:

      I almost feel sorry for her. Almost.

    • Lorelei says:

      She met Biden recently, right? But I don’t think their was a state dinner? So the last state dinner she hosted for an American president will have been that sh!tshow with the Trumps? Welp.

  16. Harper says:

    Maybe she fell or stumbled and they needed to do an xray or MRI to see if she broke anything. Kept her overnight for observation since she may have been fatigued or had low blood pressure or been slightly dehydrated late in the evening.

    Or, she really wanted to get out of that church service in Northern Ireland and the Palace is going to very creative lengths to deflect. Anyways, GanGan’s condition has pushed Burger King’s Egoshot photo shoot out of the news cycle for which I am thankful.

    • SarahCS says:

      She’s probably dehydrated because they took her booze away. My grandmother just didn’t see water as a drink (not that she boozed all day but it was a challenge to keep her hydrated).

      • Nic919 says:

        That is quite possible. If she is having withdrawal symptoms that could issues at her age.

      • Lucy says:

        Nic19, I think that too. If she’s been drinking that much for that long, going cold turkey could actually kill her. A friend of mine was widowed when her husband went to rehab for drinking, he had a stroke during withdrawal and died. He was in his late 40s.

      • JanetDR says:

        My mother (who was very healthy and active- mountain climbing all over the world until her late 70s when my dad passed) drank water only under duress. She liked tea and drank it all day long. Water was too plain unless she was really thirsty.

  17. Eurydice says:

    It could be a Covid scare. Maybe she had some symptoms, like low oxygen levels and feeling fatigued, and they wanted to keep her in for testing and precautionary reasons.

  18. Chaine says:

    She’s 95 years old, but still up and walking around working just that day, so what could have happened? My money is either a sudden cardiac event or a serious UTI/kidney infection which is not uncommon with the elderly.

  19. Tana says:

    I work with seniors. In my experience a quick hospital stay comes after a fall, or a suspected UTI. A UTI is super common in the elderly, and can cause confusion and falls. Since they are pushing the “she’ll travel by November 1st” narrative it makes me think infection.

    • Malificent says:

      Three years ago, my 89-year-old mother developed serious cognitive issues from a UTI. My mom has some mild memory loss normal for her age range, but she was really out of it with the UTI. She regained her cognition after the infection was treated.

      • Lady D says:

        That must have been so scary until you got the right diagnosis. I didn’t know it affected seniors like that. It sounds almost like sudden onset dementia.

    • Nic919 says:

      That makes a lot of sense. And it’s not the kind of thing they would want to disclose publicly but it would require monitoring at a hospital.

    • Betsy says:

      I have not worked with the elderly so that UTI thing is something that I forget and re-learn regularly and it surprises me every time.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      Yes. Not saying this is the case with her, but many people don’t know that UTIs are common with seniors *and* can cause acute dementia-like symptoms very quickly. I’m stunned at how many medical professionals don’t recognize this. I’ve advised several family members & friends to ask their doctors to check for a UTI because it didn’t occur to the doctors & sure enough, that was it.

      • The Hench says:

        One old lady I know had a UTI that gave her hallucinations. When her carer arrived for the evening she found her in bed clutching a feather duster. When the carer asked what the duster was for she replied “to hit the crocodiles with”.

      • Lizzie Bathory says:

        @The Hench I’m sure the poor woman was terrified & disoriented, but I’m chuckling at the idea of fending off crocodiles with a feather duster.

      • The Hench says:

        I know! You would have thought she might have least have chosen a broom.

  20. Matthew says:

    In Good Spirits means she could kick the bucket any second

  21. Julia K says:

    Alcohol can be a trigger for atrial fibrillation, thus the elimination of alcohol plus a follow up hospital stay for a 24 hr EKG monitoring. Daily monitoring of her vital signs would surely have picked up on the irregular heart rate, leading to all of the above. Probably pretty common for a person her age.

  22. anotherlily says:

    ‘Preliminary investigations ‘ suggests some further treatment or surgery is being considered.

  23. rawiya says:

    The RRs are pissed on Twitter! Word is that someone told The Sun adn they were going to leak it, so BP had to say something. Now RRs are all in their feelings because BP is used to telling them things (about the Sussexes). Anyway, it’s fun to watch them turn on each other.

  24. Barbie1 says:

    I just hope Queen E can recover and keep going. Live as long as her mother did. She is one of a kind.

    • Nyro says:

      It’s rare that a 95 year old recovers from anything. At that age, it’s usually just a matter of managing the decline.

  25. Stacy Dresden says:

    She’s going to pass and the media will blame H & M

    • Tessa says:

      If she just gets a cold, the media and bots will of course blame Harry and Meghan. So predictable.

  26. Lizzie Bathory says:

    Honestly, regardless of her health issues, I think it was medically irresponsible to tell a 95 year old who was used to 6 drinks a day to stop consuming alcohol. Abruptly stopping drinking can be very dangerous, even deadly. And if you make it to 95, your system basically needs to keep doing what you’ve been doing.

    At 90, my husband’s grandfather had just lost his wife & his doctors started insisting that he cut out all salt in his diet to improve his blood pressure (which had always been high). The poor man started sneaking salt packets in the cuff of his sweater. It seemed almost cruel. At that age, you don’t deserve deprivation.

  27. AmelieOriginal says:

    I do think the end is near for her, she is 95 and that is a pretty good age to reach! She’s been walking with a cane, she had to cancel a trip last minute to go to a hospital, she can’t drink booze anymore (I do wonder why that info was leaked because it really is not that interesting!). Her husband who by all accounts she loved in her own way and remained faithful to (I know the same can’t be said for Philip) passed away six months ago. The palace insisted Philip was hospitalized as a “precaution” in February too, that’s code for something serious is going on. She may stick around for a little while longer but I do think her passing is more imminent than we realize.

    And when she does, the media coverage will obvious be intense about her legacy, her reign, her funeral, and her family. But it’s also going to be a s***storm of epic proportions because the British tabloids are going to start unleashing all the skeletons of the RF that they know. You have to wonder if they are scared and if they are prepared for what’s going to happen. Does William have a stockpile of stories he can leak about his brother and sister-in-law in his back pocket? Meghan and Harry will be somehow blamed for the Queen dying all the way from CA and of course the laser focus will be on whether Harry will attend the funeral with Meghan (we know Harry definitely will, Meghan is more of a question mark but I think she will).

  28. smee says:

    She looks older and frail in these pics…

  29. Rapunzel says:

    So all the “Will is master statesman with useful wife who loves him” PR is because GanGan is sickly and he’s prepping for PoW?

    I wonder…

  30. remarks says:

    She’s the only Queen I’ve ever known, so I’d be surprised if there is a normal and consistent operating procedure for briefing the press on something like this. I tend to believe there is some kind of procedure in place for her actual death, but whether there is one for a slow decline leading to the unmentionable is what I’d be surprised about. We haven’t really seen a previous British head of state near the end in our lifetimes. We’d have to go all the way back to her dad to know how things were done, and the technologies the press used were so different then. I’m not even sure if his death was announced at the actual time of death or delayed slightly.

    • Feeshalori says:

      There is a plan in place, it’s called Operation London Bridge, and it’s planned down to the precise detail from the announcement of her death, the official mourning period and her state funeral.

      • remarks says:

        Yes, that’s for her actual death announcement and after. I just wonder what they do when she’s in and out of hospital from time to time, as happens with some old people, but still remains living and going on. We might assume she doesn’t have much time left but at the same time we’re not actually sure no matter what she looks like on the outside. In a slow decline as time goes on in old age, I’m wondering how they would or could handle that. That’s more unpredictable. If there are delays in announcing hospital stays, I don’t find it that strange, I suppose.

  31. Ann says:

    I say let the woman have her cocktails. She’s 95, what’s the point of stopping now? So she can make it to 100? It’s not a contest.

  32. Steph says:

    I’ve been thinking for like 2 months now that she was ill and wouldn’t make it to her jubilee.

  33. Katebush says:

    Aw she looks a lot more frail now and you can see she’s lost weight

  34. Athena says:

    I wonder which palace tipped off The Sun?. Is there nothing the future and future future will not blab to the press. My money is on future future but how bad could what the press have on him be that he would sell out his own grandmother, the monarch.

  35. Savannah says:

    Broken heart syndrome 😔

  36. Charm says:

    My only wish is that betty doesnt kick the bucket for now. Not until after 2022, even tho that means we’ll hv to see their insufferable celebration of their dead empire with the “year-long Platinum Jubilee celebrations.”

  37. Nyro says:

    It could be any day now. She’s never looked more old than she has these last two weeks. Her weight is dropping quicker v than her tailors can make alterations. When Cicely Tyson died at 96 earlier this year, she was in the middle of doing promo for her memoir and she literally died a day after one of her interviews. But if you go back and look at her when the book promo started weeks before that, she had more energy and looked less frail than she did on her last interview. And if you go back and look at her a year before that, she looked like she would make it to 100. Not too long ago, we were all amazed at photos of the queen riding a horse. I’d be surprised if we see her on a horse again. She looks weak. I can see her slipping away in her sleep soon. I’m just saying.

  38. Agreatreckoning says:

    I hope she feels better. At 95 it’s not like her body is going to regenerate itself to a much better place. Her cancelling the Northern Ireland trip reminded me of when H & M went there. Good videos in the link. They would most likely still be welcomed there, possibly moreso now.
    Happy Saturday!

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-43512212