Queen Elizabeth did an in-person event at Windsor Castle on Wednesday


Queen Elizabeth did her first in-person “event” at Windsor Castle yesterday. Since she cancelled her trip to Northern Ireland on October 20th, she hasn’t been seen much by people outside of palace aides, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and her family. Sure, paparazzi “caught” her driving herself around Sandringham and yes, the palace has released a handful of photos since her surprise hospitalization in October, but there has absolutely been the sense that the Queen’s aides are hiding her away and not letting her speak to or see anyone outside her bubble.

The photos released by the palace are a bit strange – on Instagram and Twitter, the palace cut off the photo at the Queen’s hips, just enough to see that she’s not using a cane and that she’s standing upright. There was a full-length photo floating around but I only saw that on certain royal reporters’ social media, and I wonder why the palace didn’t want to post that photo? Hm. Anyway, there are questions about the discoloration on the Queen’s hands. This is not the first time, either – I remember several years ago, there was a lot of concern about how purple and bruised her hands looked at some event at the palace. I would assume it’s all part and parcel of the Queen’s mysterious medical condition, or just the fact that she’s 95 years old and sometimes there will be discoloration. At least this should ease some of the Weekend at Bernie’s conspiracies.

During his Middle East tour, Prince Charles was asked about his mother’s health. He told journalists: “She’s all right, thank you very much. Once you get to 95, it’s not quite as easy as it used to be. It’s bad enough at 73.”

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Photos courtesy of Buckingham Palace.

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  1. ModeratelyWealthy says:

    Where is William? Where is Kkkate?

    Why is this old woman working?


    • Anne Call says:

      It’s what she does. Probably helps her mental state as her physical state gives out on her. Didn’t her mother live until 101?

    • Becks1 says:

      William at least has been doing SOMETHING over the past week – I think he’s done investitures two days, and he was at some event honoring young people for environmental work. I mean it’s not a lot, lol, but at least it’s something, which is sad to say (that three events counts as “something”.) We will see Kate tonight at the royal variety show, then I bet there will be 2 or 3 events in december, christmas walk, and that’s all for 2021 folks!

    • Jennifer says:

      Tauruses plug along.

    • Leesa says:

      I suspect this is a PR shoot to quell concerns about state of her health. Brief, artificial, highly controlled.

      I feel sorry for those pearls — if you look closely at the back and side of her neck, you can see how much makeup they used to cover the pallor, and how much rubbed off on those soft treasures.

  2. Snuffles says:

    At this point, I don’t believe anything BP puts out. This pic could be months old. Just like the car pictures were proven to be. I’m not saying she’s already dead, I’m just saying she’s probably in no shape to take on duties right now.

    • OriginalLala says:

      I believe this too – I dont think this is a new picture at all

    • Sarah says:


    • LadyMTL says:

      This was actually reported on my local news yesterday, including video where you can clearly hear her talking…there’s even one dog in the background (a very cute dog at that!) and it’s definitely not a puppy.
      I’m not saying that proves it was recent, but it wasn’t just a photo released by KP.

      • Kfg says:

        A dog barking doesn’t prove anything. There are tons of dogs at the palace and the puppies wouldn’t be little pups since September. This is old. Compare this pic of her to the video she did just in October, it’s not matching. Her weight, stance and if you look at the photo, it’s just off.

    • Over it says:

      I agree with you about this. Also if her back is so sprained that she had to miss the cenotaph thing, how can she be here standing up with no assistance whatsoever?And why is it that a 95 year old woman with a sprain back can work and two healthy 39 year olds can’t and won’t work? They should be ashamed of their lazy asses and the media should attack them for this instead of constantly going after two people who left almost two years ago to another country and pay their own bills and taxes.

      • Becks1 says:

        So I don’t think this is a fake appearance, but the back did “stand out” to me as well – if her back was so bad that three days ago she could not attend what is supposedly the most important event of the year for her, but now she’s able to stand with no support? Even if it was just for a few minutes – they could have left a walker for her for support at the balcony by the cenotaph?

        So I don’t think this is fake, but it does tell me that whatever was wrong with her on Sunday wasn’t just a “sprained back.”

      • Ace says:

        I’m convinced the back was just a bad excuse. I bet she’s having cognitive issues. It’s one thing to bring her out for a few photos with someone who they know won’t talk about anything strange she might say or do, but much more risky to have her out for a much longer time on the balcony while being livestreamed.

    • Cessily says:

      I am with you on this..

    • anotherlily says:

      It can’t be a past event. It was the formal leave-taking of a retiring General which will have been in the calendar. Charles might have done this but he is in Jordan.

    • anotherlily says:

      It was filmed and shown on the news. General Sir Nick Carter retires at the end of this month and this was the formal leave-taking. It would not have been filmed months ago before the announcement of his retirement.

      I’m also not convinced that the driving photo was an old one. It was reported as Windsor, not Sandringham where she normally drives a Range Rover. I’ve seen several supposedly authenticated accounts of the photo, giving different dates and places. Verbal accounts of her being seen driving and walking the dogs appeared just after the announcement of her overnight hospital stay but there there were no photos. There was film shortly after of her driver taking the dogs out.

      It may have been a planned ‘sighting ‘ but she isn’t usually on her own in a car on the public accessible grounds and there are no identifying features in the landscape. The photo is credited to a named photographer. I think it’s a genuine shot of the Queen driving at Windsor but it was prearranged.

  3. Rapunzel says:

    I’m mystified as to how she could do this, but not step out on a balcony for 5 minutes on Rememberance Day.

    • anotherlily says:

      It would have been for much longer than 5 minutes. There were suggestions that she could have attended in a wheelchair but if her back is sprained even this could be too much.

      • Rapunzel says:

        I was assuming that TQ could just come out briefly and not the entire time.

      • anotherlily says:

        It’s a religious and military occasion and the Queen couldn’t just appear for a few minutes then leave. That would be like her attending a church service just to hear people singing the national anthem and then walking out.

        These events are not held to celebrate the monarch. The monarch attends, or is represented, as a symbol of the nation.

  4. Amy Too says:

    Who decorated this room? It’s just a bunch of furniture in a line. Mismatched chairs all lined up like a movie theater? A rug that isn’t centered with all of the furniture, it’s just sort of off to the side? Bizarre.

  5. anotherlily says:

    Some comments are saying the purple hands is just the lighting and the officer’s hands are unusually red. Also that this discolouration did not show on the TV coverage. I dunno.

    What does seem odd to me is that shabby old velvet chair plonked right by the Queen. That didn’t happen by accident. It is a much used chair as evidenced by the worn patch at head height and the wearing on the chair arms. The back cushion looks like a folded over bed pillow. It is meant to make a point, like the placement of photos. The rest of the visible furniture is immaculate.

    The Queen is shrinking rapidly. Her head looks too big for her body. She looks too little for the big worn old chair.

    • B says:

      I zoomed in and it looks like she has medical-Nitrile-type gloves on because there is a line just past her watch (yeah, I need a life). Either way, glad she is up & socializing ;).

    • Eurydice says:

      To me it looks like that’s the Queen’s comfy chair. My mother has one like it – doesn’t match the rest of the furniture, but it fits her back, it’s tall enough so she can get in and out of it and she has a bed pillow that supports her back even more.

    • Rapunzel says:

      True story: visited Parliament on a trip to London in 2013. There was an extremely worn velvet kneeler in TQ’s chamber there. I asked the guide if they’d refurbish the thing. He was appalled. It’s historical preservation he said. I’m guessing the same is the reason the worn chair is there. Can’t refurbish the history of chair- TQ wore out the velvet and that must be preserved.

      • anotherlily says:

        I was wondering if she brought it back from Sandringham. If there is some sentimental attachment. It takes a lot of use to get a chair looking so worn. It would have been easy to film the meeting without having the chair visible. I feel it’s there to make a point.

    • ML says:

      Circulation or heart problems? To me her legs also look discolored. Weird to say, but she’s gotten old since losing her husband. I hope that she’s allowed to be comfortable.

    • Minnieder says:

      I would guess the bruising is a result of taking a blood thinner, like Coumadin.

      • windyriver says:

        That’s been my thought as well. Especially at that age skin is so thin and fragile that being on a blood thinner can lead to bruising that seems to come out of nowhere, and lasts a long time.

        Also wondered if the overnight hospital stay could have been about getting a pacemaker. And/or that her medical consultants have been adjusting her cardiac and other meds the last couple of months, hence some of the odd stories we’ve heard about cutting back on alcohol, etc. Who knows.

      • Feeshalori says:

        My mom was on that drug and her skin bruised very easily. No doubt it’s the same issue with the queen.

      • The Other Katherine says:

        Yep, same thing that’s happened with Mitch McConnell’s hands a couple of times.

  6. Amy Bee says:

    There’s video of this floating around twitter. But the camera, focused more on the person she was meeting and she was already standing in the room when he came in. It doesn’t change the fact BP lied when they said that the Queen would be at Remembrance.

  7. Greenfingers says:

    Some heavy photoshop gone wrong. This and something else I can’t put my finger on, just yet…

  8. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Those hands are the byproduct of her unicorn blood transfusion. Same as Mitch McConnell’s.

  9. Sofia says:

    Charles is right. She is 95 and the simplest of illnesses that you and I can brush off, she can’t. I think whatever she’s dealing with is age related tiredness and maybe balance/standing issues.

  10. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    You know? This is the first time I can recall seeing her look so OLD. Yes I know she’s 95 and been ill and all but, I dunno, somehow she’s always looked NOT old, if that makes any sense.
    The look on her face (and this may just be me) is that she has zero clue who that guy she’s speaking to is. I sure hope they didn’t prop this poor woman up just to shut the media down.
    Who knows if this picture is even that recent?
    I’m no fan, but c’mon, let her stay in her jammies and slippers and watch trash tv all day in between naps. She deserves it

  11. Feeshalori says:

    I see she’s no longer wearing her gold watch but one with a strap. Is it a Timex? It takes a licking but keeps on ticking; I’m dating myself because this was their famous line from their ads way back in the day. Very appropriate under the circumstances.

  12. Julia K says:

    But her hair is beautifully done, so she must have been able to sit long enough , with her head back, for a shampoo and then set.

  13. anotherlily says:

    What’s that on her left hand? Zoom in on the hand and there’s a something like a wheel on the back of the hand.

  14. Nlopez says:

    I think they are trying to deflect from Andrew and also, ghislaines trial is coming up.

  15. Robin Samuels says:

    I’m inclined to accept the critical cognition theory. Seem as though the Royal Family still serves kool-aid. That bunch is pure smoking mirrors. What you see is not always accurate. A 95-year old excused from attending an important event on Sunday due to a sprained back can stand up without support and engage in conversation three days later. In 2020, the Queen denied Harry’s request to lay a wreath which I consider petty to the nth degree. One year later, she was unable to attend the event. Karma is real.

  16. Mustlovedogs says:

    Her external jugular vein is very prominent. Can be a sign of heart failure. Of course hard to tell when standing and without a proper physical examination… but it stood out to me. Bruise on back of hand looks like could have been the site of an intravenous cannula. Just some thoughts.
    (Retired medico here). Adjusts tin foil stethoscope lol.

    • anotherlily says:

      If you zoom in on the hand there is something which looks a bit like a wheel which could be the site of a cannula.

      Prince Philip walked out of hospital and got himself into a car but he died three weeks later. I think the UK is being prepared for the Queen’s passing rather than reassured about her health.