Sir Lindsay Hoyle gives statement about the Queen
The 96-year-old monarch, who has ongoing mobility issues, is said to be comfortable at her private royal residence in Aberdeenshire. Prince Charles, Camilla and Princess Anne are with the Queen, while Prince William, Prince Edward, Sophie and Prince Andrew are travelling to Balmoral amid escalating fears for her health.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who are currently in the UK, have cancelled an appearance at a charity event tonight and are heading to Balmoral.
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.”
Liz Truss was informed of the update on the Queen as she unveiled her plan to tackle the energy crisis to MPs in the Commons in her first major policy intervention as Prime Minister.
Nadhim Zahawi, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, came into the Chamber and began urgently speaking to her while Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was giving his response.
The Prime Minister later tweeted: “The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime.
“My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.”
The Queen is under medical supervision at Balmoral
The monarch appointed Liz Truss as Prime Minister at Balmoral on Tuesday
It comes after the monarch appointed Ms Truss as Prime Minister at Balmoral on Tuesday in a busy day which also saw Boris Johnson tender his resignation.
She postponed a virtual Privy Council meeting on Wednesday after being advised by royal doctors to rest.
Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle interrupted the speech of SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford during the energy debate today 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 leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “Along with the rest of the country, I am deeply worried by the news from Buckingham Palace this afternoon.
The Queen looked bright but frail during her audience with Ms Truss earlier this week
“My thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family at this time, and I join everyone across the United Kingdom in hoping for her recovery.”
Concern for the nation’s longest-reigning monarch has been heightened in the past year.
The Queen, who has ongoing mobility issues, now regularly uses a walking stick and rarely carries out royal duties outside of her royal residences.
She looked bright but frail during her audience with Ms Truss, who is her 15th prime minister, earlier this week.
The Archbishop of Canterbury said the prayers of the country were with the head of state, who has a strong Christian faith.
The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime.
My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.
— Liz Truss (@trussliz) September 8, 2022
Charles, pictured at the Braemar Gathering earlier this month, is at his mother’s side
William, pictured dropping his children at school yesterday, is heading to Scotland
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured on Tuesday, are making their way to Scotland
He tweeted: “My prayers, and the prayers of people across the @churchofengland and the nation, are with Her Majesty The Queen today.
“May God’s presence strengthen and comfort Her Majesty, her family, and those who are caring for her at Balmoral.”
BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said it was a “very sombre moment”.
He added: “Hoping for the best, but let’s be completely candid now, braced for the worst.”
The Queen is currently on her summer break in the Scottish Highlands, and not due to return until early October.
The Archbishop of Canterbury said the prayers of the country were with the head of state
The Queen celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in June
The Sun reported recently that the Prince of Wales had been making regular morning visits to see his mother.
She missed the Braemar Gathering highland games last weekend, which she usually attends each year.
Buckingham Palace has declined to give an ongoing commentary on the monarch’s health.
During the Platinum Jubilee, the Queen only travelled to Buckingham Palace twice, delighting royal fans with two balcony appearances at Trooping the Colour and then the pageant finale.
Since the Covid pandemic she has mainly been based at Windsor Castle, 22 miles from central London.
The Queen on Tuesday
The monarch made two appearances on Buckingham Palace’s balcony during the Jubilee
She spent a night in hospital last October undergoing tests before missing a string of engagements after being ordered by doctors to rest.
The triple-vaccinated Queen suffered mild cold-like symptoms after catching coronavirus in February.
In May, she missed the State Opening of Parliament due to “episodic mobility problems”, with heir to the throne Charles standing in with the Duke of Cambridge.
The Palace now tends to only confirm the Queen’s attendance at engagements on the day depending on how she is feeling in the morning.
The Royal Family’s website appeared to crash following the news of the Queen’s health with an error message reading: “Gateway time-out”.
Politicians took to social media today to share their wellwishes for the monarch.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “All of us are feeling profoundly concerned at reports of Her Majesty’s health.
“My thoughts and wishes are with the Queen and all of the Royal Family at this time.”
Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford said in a tweet: “Concerned to hear the news from Buckingham Palace. I send my best wishes to Her Majesty and her family on behalf of the people of Wales.”
Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey tweeted: “The whole nation’s thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family as we all hope and pray for her full recovery.”
Former Tory prime minister David Cameron said he was “deeply concerned”, adding: “I send my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this worrying time.”
Former Brexit Party and Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: “Dreadful news from Buckingham Palace concerning the Queen’s health. The thoughts and prayers of the whole nation and huge numbers of people around the world are with her and her family at this time.”