The Queen is to miss the Braemar Gathering, a popular Highland Games event which is being held in Scotland this weekend. Members of the Royal Family usually attend the sporting spectacle rooted in Scottish tradition and are pictured enjoying themselves as feats of strength, dexterity and stamina are staged. The 96-year-old has been told to step back by TalkTV hosts.
TalkTV’s JJ Anisiobi said: “I think she’s great but maybe this is time for her to resign and step back a little bit.
“If she can no longer attend enough events, enough ceremonies, it’s time we have someone fresh in.
“There’s no shame in it. She’s done really well.”
Co-panellist Mike Graham added: “I think it is time for her to step back because there isn’t any point in having the head of the state who can’t actually see anybody or go anywhere.”
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The monarch is also to remain in Scotland to appoint a new prime minister at Balmoral for the first time in her reign.
Boris Johnson, who will tender his resignation, and the new Conservative Party leader who will be asked to form a government – either Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak – will travel to Balmoral Castle – a 1,000-mile round trip – for the key audiences on Tuesday September 6 instead.
It is believed to be the first time in the monarch’s 70 years on the throne that she has conducted the historic duty away from Buckingham Palace, and raises fresh concerns about her health.
In 1963, Harold Macmillan resigned as PM while recovering from surgery. His private secretary went to the Palace and afterwards the Queen visited Mr Macmillan in hospital in London, but his successor, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, was appointed at Buckingham Palace.
Her traditional welcome to Balmoral Castle earlier in August was held privately for her “comfort”.
A Palace spokesman confirmed the decision on Wednesday and it is understood it was taken at this stage in order to provide certainty for the Prime Minister’s diary.
If the Queen had experienced an episodic mobility issue next week and the plan had been to travel to London or Windsor, it would have led to alternative arrangements at the last minute.
The Sun reported at the weekend that the Prince of Wales had been making regular morning visits to see his mother as she continues to struggle with her mobility, with the unplanned visits considered highly unusual.