09.09.2022, 00:41

Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health as the royal family is gathering

The royal family is gathering at the bedside of Queen Elizabeth II, who is under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

The queen’s family is rushing to gather at her bedside at Balmoral Castle, the monarch’s summer home in Scotland, as reports swirl around her ailing health.

Her heir, Prince Charles, arrived Thursday, according to the BBC, along with his wife, Camilla. The monarch’s daughter, Princess Anne, was also by her side Thursday, having been in Scotland for a previous engagement, the British broadcaster reported.

“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,” a statement from Buckingham Palace said.

BBC One suspended its regular programming and the channel’s presenter, Huw Edwards, was shown wearing a dark suit, white shirt and black tie in accordance with the BBC’s dress code for when a member of the royal family dies.

Amid the beating British rain, crowds began to gather Thursday outside London’s Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II’s official residence in the capital, after learning of her ill health.

Huddling under umbrellas and urgently scrolling through phones for news, many gathered to be together as Britons fear the worst for the only monarch most have ever known.

Crowds were also beginning to form outside Windsor Castle, about an hour outside London, after the palace said the queen had been placed under “medical supervision.” The 96-year-old is with her immediate family at her royal residence in Scotland.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Church of England, Justin Welby, said on Twitter that “the prayers of people across… the nation, are with Her Majesty The Queen today.”

The Church of England’s most senior religious figure offered his prayers Thursday after members of the royal family rushed to Queen Elizabeth II’s bedside in Balmoral Castle, Scotland, over concerns about her health.

“My prayers, and the prayers of people across the @churchofengland and the nation, are with Her Majesty The Queen today,” the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, wrote in a tweet.

“May God’s presence strengthen and comfort Her Majesty, her family, and those who are caring for her at Balmoral,” he said.

Prince William, other royal family members arrive at Balmoral

Prince William, Prince Andrew, along with Sophie and Edward, Countess and Earl of Wessex, arrive to visit Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, on Thursday.

The palace does not often divulge information about the queen’s health — so a brief statement released Thursday morning saying her doctors were “concerned” for her health set off alarm bells across the world.

“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 statement from Buckingham Palace said, referring to her castle in Scotland.

The US President Biden was briefed Thursday morning about Queen Elizabeth II’s health, the White House said.

John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council, told reporters that the thoughts of the president and first lady Jill Biden are with the queen and her family.

Biden expressed his well wishes in a videoconference he held with European and NATO leaders, including newly installed British Prime Minister Liz Truss.

“The president has been briefed and will be updated throughout the day on the concerning news out of the United Kingdom about Queen Elizabeth’s health,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre later told reporters at the daily briefing. “His and the first lady’s thoughts are with the queen and her family today. The president also conveyed to Prime Minister Truss during a previously scheduled video conference this morning that he and Dr. Biden are thinking of the queen, her family and the people of the United Kingdom.”

In June 2021, Biden and the first lady met the queen at Windsor Castle.

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