The Prime Minister was in Parliament to set out her energy plans as signs all was not well with the Queen’s health filtered in. Sitting beside Liz Truss, the Duchy of Lancaster was tasked with passing along a note briefing the Prime Minister on the situation.
Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle interrupted a speech by SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, during an energy debate in the House of Commons, to tell MPs: “I know I speak on behalf of the entire House when I say that we send our best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen and that she and the royal family are in our thoughts and prayers at this moment.”
He added: “If there is anything else, we will update the House accordingly.”
Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer was also passed a note by his deputy Angela Rayner.
While Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle was also handed a piece of paper updating him about the developing situation.
Heir to the throne Charles was said to have been making regular morning visits to see his mother later in the summer as she continued to struggle with her mobility, with the unplanned visits considered highly unusual.
The Queen missed the annual Braemar Gathering highland games, which she usually attends, last weekend.
During her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Queen only travelled to Buckingham Palace twice, first for her Trooping the Colour balcony appearance and then for a finale after the pageant.
She secretly spent a night in hospital for tests in October and was ordered by doctors to rest for the next three months, missing the Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph service and Cop26 climate change talks.
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