The Queen is “disappearing before our eyes”, according to a worried royal expert.
Following footage released last Thursday (June 16) of Her Majesty meeting Margaret Beazley, the Governor of New South Wales in Australia, royal commentator Daniela Elser said her appearance was “concerning”.
Elser compared the images to snaps of the Queen taken exactly a year earlier, when she wore the same yellow dress and met Scott Morrison, then Australian Prime Minister.
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Writing for news.com.au, Elser noted how the Queen, 96, looked “more stooped” much thinner and had “shrunk”.
She said: “How did things get so bad, so fast? How in a year have we seen the Queen stop riding horses, walking her dogs and driving her Range Rovers to her using a wheelchair occasionally?
“What Thursday’s photo shows is Her Majesty appearing to fade before our eyes and yet Buckingham Palace are trying to stick to their increasingly tired ‘nothing to see here’ line.”
Elser also expressed concern that the Queen was missing what were “previously non-negotiable events”.
Notably, in May she pulled out of the official opening of Parliament for the first time in nearly 60 years, with the palace citing “episodic mobility problems” and Prince Charles intervening.
Charles also succeeded his mother on Maundy Thursday in April, a month after she retired from Commonwealth Day service.
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Recently, the Queen was absent at St Paul’s Cathedral for the service of thanksgiving during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Last week she missed Royal Ascot for the first time in 70 years, despite entering more than 10 horses over the five days.
Elser noted a bright spot despite her concerns, adding that the Queen appears to be in “excellent spirits” as she prepares to visit Balmoral for the summer.