Queen Elizabeth is ‘feeling better’ & plans to go to Sandringham in December

Audiences at Windsor Castle

The photos of Queen Elizabeth in the dark green dress are from Wednesday of this week, the 24th. She once again did an in-person event at Windsor Castle, some kind of meeting with the Governor of the Bank of England Andrew Bailey. As we can see, she’s okay with standing unaided for short periods of time, and she doesn’t even have a cane in any of the Windsor photos recently. It’s been about five full weeks since the Queen’s mysterious hospitalization in October, and in those five weeks, images of the Queen have been carefully curated. It’s clear that she’s lost a lot of weight recently, and I have no reason to disbelieve that she did not strain her back in some way (which was the excuse for the Queen missing Remembrance Sunday). So… yeah, I still have no idea what is happening or why Buckingham Palace simply doesn’t do full disclosure about the head of state’s health. Now the palace is letting it be known that the Queen is “feeling better” and plans to host Christmas:

The Queen has told her family she is feeling much better and looking forward to hosting the rest of the royals at Sandringham this Christmas, according to reports. Concerns over the monarch’s health have grown recently after she cancelled a number of engagements, which included missing the Remembrance Sunday ceremony for the first time in 22 years due to a back injury.

Buckingham Palace said she made the decision not to attend the service at the Cenotaph in London ‘with great regret’ and was ‘disappointed’ to miss the event.

Now sources close to the Queen have insisted she is on the mend and planning to travel to her Norfolk estate on or around Friday, December 17, according to the Mirror. It will be an emotional few days, however, as it will be the first Christmas since the death of her husband, Prince Philip.

While a traditional train ride from London to Kings Lynn is not off the table, it’s expected she will instead take a helicopter from Windsor – a journey which takes around 50 minutes.

Her guests this festive season are said to include Charles and Camilla as well as William, Kate and their three children. Other royals including Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, along with their respective partners and children, have also received invites.

A source told the paper: ‘The Queen has told everyone she is feeling far better of late and is very much looking forward to welcoming them for Christmas. Like many other families, this will be the first time Her Majesty can gather with her extended family after being kept apart for so long due to the coronavirus pandemic.’

[From The Daily Mail]

For a 90-something woman, I would honestly think that a train would be less “jostling” than a helicopter? Why are the royals obsessed with going everywhere by helicopter?? Just drive or take the train, especially if one is feeling poorly. Anyway, as I said… it’s been five weeks. Maybe she had the flu and didn’t want to tell anyone. Maybe she had Covid? Maybe it was something else altogether. I cannot for the life of me understand why they didn’t just say that.

Audiences at Windsor Castle

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  1. Anony83 says:

    Wow, seeing her in a dress and not one of the coats she wears over them really does emphasize how frail she’s becoming.

    Too bad she clearly has little faith in her heir or his heir because now this elderly, frail woman has to continue holding an institution she was taught was *literally* established by God to protect England (or whatever) on her shoulders because she doesn’t trust the next two adult men to run the show (without breaking it).

    And I know that many have a soft spot for the Queen herself, but let’s be clear, if you broke it, you bought it. She is a big part of the reason Charles isn’t going to be a very beloved King and Charles passed that same attitude down to William.

    Not to sound too much like the American I am, but why do taxpayers in the UK still pay for this spectacle?

    • Mac says:

      The queen will never step down because she truly believes she is divinely anointed. For her, quitting would be an unthinkable sin.

      • Still_Sarah says:

        She also won’t step down because, as a child, she witnessed how disruptive and damaging her uncle’s abdication was and she vowed never to have this happen on her watch. Her mother (the Queen Mother) believed the stress of coming to the throne that way led to her husband’s early death and she never let TQ forget how damaging the abdication was for everyone. It’s too bad because IMO waiting until her death to hand over power may have a similar damaging effect.

    • Mw says:

      She has advanced osteoporosis.. when my mom got to her stage. Car rides bumps and plane rides became intolerable. If the Queen fell, things accelerated very quickly.

    • Tessa says:

      I have little faith in Charles and when he steps up it will give william more influence, something that I would not like to see. He may start “calling for” the Sussexes to give up titles, and Charles just lets Will do as he pleases. Charles caused his own issues, he made his own choices. William was allowed to conspire against Harry and Meghan which to me is inexcusable. The Queen should have shut down William’s being spoiled and his being incandescent ages ago. She just sat back and let William drive out his brother and sister in law.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Tessa, you are absolutely right. The nightmare in the hands of Chaz. They are all of his own making. When Baldingham was a small child, they should have held him accountable for his actions, aka Billy the Basher, as he has grown up as the Basher that he is. Baldingham should have been held to a greater deal of expectations as well as being held to a higher degree of penalties for his outbursts as well. Baldingham should have been treated at much higher standards than all others. Possibly that would have created a much more empathetic towards others. If you are to be a person to lord over millions of people, the impact of being held to much higher standard might have influenced him into his adulthood. Or he could just be an utter prat that has become this enormous pr!ck even with the higher level of standards.

        As for TQ, she has spent her entire adult life serving as the TQ, all the while PP was the head of the household and she was mainly out of the day to day parenting.

    • Killfanora says:

      Not only frail, but I noticed the bruising on the back of her left hand. My mother always had that after being hospitalised. It’s where they put needles in the vein.

      • nina says:

        That’s what I thought too. My grandpa had the same bruising after being hospitalized,

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I am in my 50’s and every time I have an IV put in, my hands bruise terribly! It’s quite frightening actually. I have an IV blow on my L arm in my ‘20’s, as I was hospitalized, and my entire arm swelled and I suffered a massive bruise for days. I do think it has to do with the fragility of the skin though.

    • nina says:

      Why do they still pay for this? Stockholm Syndrome?

    • PrincessK says:

      I don’t think that there is anything particularly wrong with her apart from the ailments that 90 + people have. It is possible that she has had a fall, which has to be taken seriously, l also noticed that her hands are arthritic and bruised.

      The main takeaway is that the others that are left will have to do more. Did William really think that a campaign to make the Sussexes less popular would still in result in them staying and helping him out. He wanted them to be based in South Africa and just do Commonwealth duties from there. Little did he know that they would go to the US and become even bigger superstars. At this stage in her life l am sure that the Queen did not expect everything to be falling apart as she is about to gradually semi retire. I wonder if she will ever get on horse again.

  2. equality says:

    So Andrew didn’t receive an invitation or that just can’t be mentioned. I’ll be disappointed in Eugenie and Bea if they opt for spending a miserable time at Sandringham over having an actual Christmas with their new babies. Is Fergie invited? I would think she would want Christmas with the new grandbabies.

    • Jan says:

      Of course Andrew and Fergie are invited.
      Funny how Charles and Philip could not stop the Queen from seeing Fergie over the years.
      And yet she snatched Harry’s honorary medals, on tampon’s and Cain’s advice.

      • ElleV says:

        I’m willing to assume the queen isn’t aware of much anymore, let alone medal snatching, based on the way Harry and Meghan talk about her. probably all the pettiness we’re seeing around their departure can be laid at the feet of Charles and William.

      • Jan90067 says:

        Thing is, the rest of that garbage family NEEDS those titles as they do/have nothing else. They can’t garner any respect or interest w/out them.

        Take away H&M’s titles (except Prince, he was BORN a prince), they will STILL get crowds flocking because of their charisma, their drive, and their emotional IQ that allows them to truly connect with/care about people. Something NONE of the “royals” can do.

      • Tessa says:

        Philip did not want Fergie around. And made that clear. She was only starting to be seen in public with HM when Philip started getting very sick.

    • Mw says:

      Maxwell trial starts Monday..

  3. ABritGuest says:

    She’s lost weight. I can’t understand why some Cambridge fans think being king& queen is something to be jealous of. This could be their future- being dragged out for boring meetings & state functions well into their 90s & doubt they will at least have the affection that Elizabeth seems to attract.

    • Chloe says:

      Charles already doesn’t have those affections and by the time william is king I highly doubt he will too.

      You know, if charles wasn’t such a horrible dad to harry and an awful father in law to meghan i would actually feel sorry for him.

      He has spent his whole life in his mother’s shadow trying to get even half the sympathy and affection she receives from the public. Can you imagine spending your life trying to get people’s approval? Just an awful way to live.

    • vs says:

      Those cambridge “fans” need that because it is the only thing they think H&M can’t have!!! W&K are deficient in everything else compared to H&M. They hope when they become king and queen consort, people will finally pay attention to them and remember, it is important to them that Meg curtsy to kate. Insecure, stupid and underachievers always need stuffs like that to feel good about themselves

      • ThatsNotOkay says:

        @VS I realized recently why they so want to strip H&M it especially M of their titles: its so they, and especially Meghan, will have to BOW TO LESSER ROYALS, including that Brooch Bitch (TM) Princess Michael of Kent. It’s steeped in power plays and outright racism. So the cries for this are more disgusting than we ever thought possible.

      • Jan says:

        I think the only person Meghan will bow to is the Queen, she is done with this family.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        And as an American she doesn’t have to bow to anyone.

      • EllenOlenska says:

        I’m with Jan. Meghan is likely done with curtseying. Maybe the queen. Maybe charles but the rest will get nothing.

      • Jan90067 says:

        Considering Charles pulled their security/funds when their Canadian island retreat location was leaked by Bitter Brother?? I think if Meghan has two words to say to The Tampon Prince, it’ll be F.U. or UP YOURS.

        She’d be polite ONLY for Harry’s sake, as he (for God knows why; and yes, I know the psychology behind abused kids still loving the parental abuser) still wants a relationship with him.

        That whole family on Salty Isles is garbage. They need to be put out to compost already.

      • Ainsley7 says:

        @Thatsnotok- no one in the Royal family has to bow to Princess Michael of Kent. Stripping H&M’s titles won’t change that.

      • ThatsNotOkay says:

        @AINSLEY7 Perhaps not Michael specifically, but without HRHes, they technically must bow to those with. Like the Cambridge kids. Meghan needn’t as an American, but they just want more to uproar about: “Did you see how she didn’t curtsey to Charlotte?!”

      • Tessa says:

        What bothers me about Charles is the coldness in which he treated Harry and Meghan. And they are parents of two of his grandchildren. He lets William do as he pleases and did nothing when William started conspiring against his brother and sister in law. Charles may not have a fully developed “parent” gene. Thinking of the DYNASTY rather than natural feelings of a loving father.

      • PrincessK says:

        The Cambridge’s don’t really have fans, the majority of people who support them are just Brexit racists who only want to see white people in important positions. William can give the Middleton’s money for a house, but the Cambridge fans were enraged at the thought of Doria even visiting Frogmore and were banging on about tax payers money.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        No one has to bow or curtsy if they don’t want to. Apparently the Cambridge “stans” haven’t bothered to look at the royal website. Talking out their @sses. Shocking.


    • Sofia says:

      Because to them, it’s the only thing they can “hold over the Sussexes” because W&K don’t work, don’t get the same interest from the media has H&M and aren’t considered as “glamorous” as H&M anymore either. Hence why they all go on and on about W&K being King and Queen because it’s the only thing that they’ve got going for them.

    • Amy Bee says:

      The Cambridge fans are brainwashed to believe that being King and Queen is some great achievement and a glamourous lifestyle but as we’ve seen with the Queen she has no control of her life and is at the mercy of her courtiers.

      • RoyalBlue says:


      • Lorelei says:

        The BRF also just needs to come to terms with the fact that it’s 2021, curtsying is wildly outdated and considered totally ridiculous, and not taken the least bit seriously by most of the world.
        They’re clinging to it, and obviously it’s super important to them, but it’s pathetic and laughable at this point. They need to just get rid of it already. They like to talk about how “modern” they’re becoming, but still expect people to freaking CURTSY to them? Ffs

      • Thirtynine says:

        No-one actually has to curtsey to the queen. Or bow. It’s a ‘courtesy’ but what are they going to do if you don’t? There’s been many occasions when meeting other politicians or leaders with republican ideals that they have refused to bow or curtsey. The media might grumble but that’s it.

      • PrincessK says:

        Curtsying is no big deal, it happens every day in many African countries when children greet their parents.

  4. Seaflower says:

    She’s on warfarin or some other blood thinner given the bruise on her hand.

    • Nancy says:

      Or she had a fall. Or she is bruised from having an IV of some sort placed in her hand ( this happens to me whenever I get one). She looks decent enough for a 95 year old woman. I find it interesting that she wasn’t well enough for a public appearance but is fine doing family events and one on one private meetings. This says to me she hasn’t been ill as much as injured.

      • ElleV says:

        it says to me that it’s possibly not a physical illness – my great uncle who had dementia went downhill rapidly after the death of his wife but he functioned relatively well in private long after going out became overwhelming.

        i wonder if public events are too distressing and unpredictable now, so we’ll get a bunch of stories about health scares to cover for the queen missing big events followed by her “bouncing back” for small events a few days later

      • Ace says:

        That’s my theory too. Her behaviour might be unpredictable and having carefully curated meetings and photos released is a great way to keep it underwraps.

    • JanetDR says:

      My mom would get horrific bruises and skin tears just from brushing up against things in her 90s. She wasn’t on any prescriptions, but her skin was so fragile it was terrifying.

  5. Plums says:

    just because the pictures don’t have a cane or anything in frame doesn’t mean they’re not there. I would not be shocked at all if she probably needs a walker, at least, and I hope she or BP isn’t stubborn and/or delusional enough to not have one for her. Especially if the rumors of her having had a bad fall are true. I understand they don’t want to project an image of their nonagenarian monarch looking like a frail old granny, but that is plainly what she is even without mobility aids in the frame. They shouldn’t bother with any pretense.

    • Marian says:

      My guess is that she is that she might be on oxygen for extended periods. She can go without it for short periods, but it always needs to be nearby when she does. That would explain no public events where a tank could be spotted. It’s very easy to frame photos to not include medical equipment, if the Palace is supplying the pictures. Could also explain the falling, as she could be getting dizzy from lack of oxygen, and not having enough energy to leave the house.

      • Harper says:

        Queenie took the helicopter to Sandringham earlier this month as well. Seems like she is dependent on something — or can’t be away from the bathroom that long — and that requires her to be transported efficiently. This is not unexpected at her age. It’s a good sign that she wants to go though as it will require her to expend energy to travel and she seems up for it.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Plums/@Marion, last week someone on here commented on the fact that they left that ratty recliner in the photo was probably some sort of message, since we don’t ordinarily see things like that in official photos…I guess that the public should assume that’s where she’s spending most of her time? It seems as if they’re trying to gradually let the public see that this is her new normal.

      • Harper says:

        @Lorelei, are you referring to that chartreuse-ish velvet chair she’s standing next to that has definitely seen better days? I noticed it too as it does not seem on-brand for a royal residence. It could be her favorite chair and it might be facing the tv (that we can’t see). She might only be comfortable getting up from that chair and receiving her guests standing next to it, as it is fairly high backed and she could grab it for support if she felt wobbly.

      • MsIam says:

        @Lorelei and @Harper I wonder if that chair was a favorite of Philip’s? Maybe that’s why she wants it nearby? It certainly looks out of place though. But imo most of these royal residences look more cluttered than luxurious anyway, in spite of having golden pianos.

  6. Appleminis says:

    And still not a single mask were hurt in that picture !

  7. Amy Bee says:

    It’s called old age. The Queen is 95 and has reached the stage where she is unable to go out or work as she used to. She’s basically become a shut in but because she’s the Queen the Palace has to pretend that she’s still able to do the job. Charles should be officially made Regent and they should let the Queen enjoy her last years in retirement.

    • Feeshalori says:

      Yes, this is her decline. My mom passed away at 97 and she experienced the same weight loss, bruising on her hands and arms due to fragile skin and meds, and inability to walk at all keeping her in a wheelchair in addition to dementia. So the queen is very fortunate that she is able to stand and walk even if she has mobility issues and needs equipment to aid her. But setbacks are always likely at this stage. They need to let her be and enjoy the last of her years.

    • Tessa says:

      Charles as Regent has the potential of making William more ‘powerful.” I would not want to see that any time soon.

      • equality says:

        But since Will is more popular than Charles, would PC give him more power?

      • Tessa says:

        Charles never reined him in and gave him “power” to work against Harry. I think Charles is still very wimpy. Too little too late. IMO.

      • PrincessK says:

        William is not more popular than anyone, he is only getting support because most British people do not want to see the entire collapse of the monarchy and they are putting William on a pedestal so that he doesn’t throw the towel in.

  8. Sofia says:

    Christmas is still a month away. She can easily wake up with a health issue tomorrow that knocks her out for another 5 weeks or longer. I wouldn’t make definite plans if I was her advisor.

    But then again, if she is feeling terrible, they can still host the family as most aren’t going to leak to the press how bad she is so it can easily be hidden.

  9. Smices says:

    The Nu variant may decide to weigh in on these plans.

  10. Cws says:

    She’s probably had a booster.
    She’s standing with her arm behind her back, I have never seen that before.
    I also don’t recall seeing her in these meet and greets without a handbag on her arm.
    The man shaking her hand is being quite careful with her and looking in her face very curiously and a bit cautiously.
    How I remember people looking at my handicapped mother.
    He isn’t completely masking his emotions as one usually does for a public event where one is photographed.
    I wonder how much longer she’ll be with us.
    Amazing how they left Andy out of the list. It didn’t mention Anne’s children as attending but almost seemed written to point out Prince Harry’s absence.

    • Jan90067 says:

      I believe Zara is always in Australia this time of year for some horse show. We never hear much about Peter, unless he’s fleecing the taxpayer for a non-bid contract (where he got £750K for one of TQ’s block parties) or shilling products on Chinese tv (Got Milk?). I think the press is under orders to not mention Pedo for most things (out of sight, out of mind perhaps? Esp. considering how the public reacted to his last demonstration of wanting to be front and center for the 40th anniversary of the Falklands next year, to “honor” his fellow soldiers – frankly, as a soldier, I’d be shamed to have him associated with me).

    • Charm says:

      Great observations. I went back to look at the first pic again and her holding her hand behind her back is certainly a first. If u recall, that left hand is the one thats been looking frequently bruised in photos so perhaps she was staged with her hand behind her back so that photos wont show the condition of her left hand where, perhaps, needles for an IV drip are usually placed.

    • Tessa says:

      I think Peter possibly will be remarrying.

  11. Barbie1 says:

    Good thing she’s feeling better. Nice guest list. One can only hope that Andrew wasn’t invited. Sad to see her looking so thin and old. May she keep improving and enjoy the holidays.

  12. one of the marys says:

    My God not having seen her a while the contrast is shocking, thin, frail and slow. She’s deteriorating so quickly I wonder if she will live to see her jubilee. I’d bet Harry is making firm plans to get over there and visit, with or without his family, and praying she lives until then.

    • Tessa says:

      Harry should take his whole family over. I am sort of creeped out over his having to leave his wife and children. The worst scenario is if he took the children and left Meghan home. The Queen should welcome all of them.

    • Julia K says:

      A visit would have been nice, but this new very contagious variant is soon to hit Europe, so believe that rules out exposing the children as well as themselves.

    • PrincessK says:

      My bet that the Sussexes will visit the Queen but it will be done quietly and privately. Lili may even get baptised. It could happen before Xmas or early in the New Year.

  13. tamsin says:

    The Queen seems to look increasingly frail. All her clothes look too big on her. I thought her stance, one foot in front of the other was unusual. Does that help one’s balance? Does she not usually have her purse over her left arm instead of behind her back? Her double strand of pearls look lovely on her and a change from her usual triple strand.

  14. Val says:

    This woman is the pure definition of someone with an over inflated sense of self. The fact that she’s been groomed to believe that she’s chosen by G-d and is somehow better than everyone else , so she can’t pass the reigns to her old ass son is truly disgusting. She’s clearly tired, and not in the best of health, as expected for someone who is 95 plus years old. Yet, here she is, still trying to prove something. I’ll never understand this system- and honestly, they need to be stripped and forced to returned what they’ve stolen from the colonies. I don’t understand how they are able to walk around as if they have earned their wealth and positions!

    • RoyalBlue says:

      I think it reflects on the lack of empathy of the royal court. They will not let her retire. Other Royal houses in Europe and Japan have done this without issue. The UK wants to boast of the longest reigning monarch ever and to hell with her mental and physical health. They are cruel. When Phillip announced his retirement it was met with surprise by many that this ninety something year-old prince would even think of retiring.

  15. what's inside says:

    I have read that 18 months is the time that is most dangerous for the surviving spouse of a long-term relationship. With the loss of weight and her advanced age, it would be understandable is she is not in a decline.

    • PrincessK says:

      The Queen and Philip led separate lives for decades, she probably feels a bit sad, but l don’t think it will affect her as it does women who actually live with their husbands.