The UK’s Queen Elizabeth is under medical supervision at Balmoral after doctors became concerned for her health, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.
The British monarch, aged 96, pulled out of a virtual Privy Council yesterday, a day after appointing Liz Truss as prime minister at her home in the Scottish Highlands.
A Palace spokesperson said: “Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”
The queen’s close family have been informed, with the latest announcement escalating fears for her health.
Her son Prince Charles, along with Prince William have travelled to the queen’s residence at Balmoral Castle, a Clarence House spokesperson confirmed.
A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has also confirmed that the couple will be travelling to Scotland.
Prince Harry and and his wife Meghan were in London to attend an awards ceremony this evening.
In a social media post this afternoon, Prime Minister Truss said “the whole country will be deeply concerned with the news from Buckingham Palace”.
“My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time,” she wrote on Twitter.
The leader of the UK’s Labour party, Keir Starmer, said he was deeply concerned about news from Buckingham Palace.
“Along with the rest of the country, I am deeply worried by the news from Buckingham Palace this afternoon,” he said in a statement.
Lindsay Hoyle, the speaker of the House of Commons, interrupted an energy debate in parliament to say he sent his best wishes to the monarch.
SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford said he was “saddened” to hear the announcement made about the Queen’s health.
Mr Blackford told the Commons: “I’m sure on behalf of all colleagues that we’re saddened to hear the announcement that has been made, and the thoughts and prayers of all of us will be with Her Majesty the Queen and indeed with the royal family.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury said the “prayers of the nation” are with the Queen.
“My prayers, and the prayers of people across the (Church of England) and the nation, are with Her Majesty The Queen today,” Justin Welby tweeted.
The UK’s longest-serving monarch has ongoing mobility issues and used a walking stick during Tuesday’s audience with Ms Truss, which followed a visit from then-outgoing prime minister Boris Johnson as he tendered his resignation.