‘Happy and well’ Queen battles back health fears to meet new PM Liz Truss

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On Tuesday, Liz Truss met with the Queen at Balmoral after the former Foreign Secretary won the Tory leadership race against Rishi Sunak. Traditionally, Her Majesty would meet with the incoming Prime Minister at Windsor Castle.

However, the Queen is currently enjoying her annual holiday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

During Ms Truss’ meeting with Her Majesty on Tuesday, the pair were pictured shaking hands in Balmoral’s Drawing Room.

Buckingham Palace released a statement reading: “The Queen received in audience The Right Honourable Elizabeth Truss MP today and requested her to form a new administration.

“Ms Truss accepted Her Majesty’s offer and kissed hands upon her appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.”

However, the Queen is seen using a cane while standing to meet the incoming Prime Minister.

Throughout 2022, the Queen has had to scale back her public appearances in recent months due to ongoing issues.

Ahead of the end of the Tory leadership race on Monday, the Royal Family issued a statement which said Her Majesty was experiencing an “episodic mobility issue” and while it might have been possible for go to London or Windsor Castle, it was decided to go for certainty, to avoid plans having to be amended at the last minute.

In May, Prince Charles delivered the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament, marking the first time the Queen had missed it in nearly 60 years.

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It comes after the Daily Mirror’s Royal Editor Russell Myers said Her Majesty’s mobility issues are becoming increasingly recurrent.

When asked how the Queen is feeling about Prince Harry and Meghan’s visit, Mr Myers told Sky News Australia: “Well, again the Queen is 96. And she’s on her summer holiday at the moment.

“And you know, everyone would wish her well. She’s got a bit her feet up, a bit of rest and recuperation after a packed summer.

“But you know, of course, it’s going to take a strain on her. We haven’t seen her since July 21, which is slightly worrying.

“I am told that these episodic mobility problems are increasing, unfortunately.”

Before meeting with Ms Truss, the Queen met with Boris Johnson who gave his resignation to the monarch.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP had an audience of The Queen this morning and tendered his resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, which Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept.”

During his farewell speech, the former Prime Minister described the transferring of power to his successor as “handing over the baton” as he lamented his premiership had “unexpectedly turned out to be a relay race”.



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