LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II met the chief of staff of the British army at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, the first time she has been seen performing an in-person engagement since she missed the Memorial Sunday service. National concept due to back sprain.
The 95-year-old monarch looked stunning as she chatted with General Nick Carter in the Oak Room of Windsor Castle. The Queen, who wore a colorful floral dress, stood to greet Carter, who is preparing to step down as Chief of the Armed Forces at the end of November.
The Oak Room was the queen’s living room and study, and her elderly pet, Candy dorgi – a cross between a corgi and a dachshund – greeted Carter as he entered the room.
Concerns about the king’s health were raised last month, when she had to spend the night in a London hospital after being hospitalized for a medical check-up. In late October, palace officials said the king had been ordered by doctors to rest for two weeks and undertake only light duties.
Those concerns were heightened after she withdrew from the National Memorial service on Sunday at the last minute to pay her respects to Britons who died in the war. Buckingham Palace officials, who said it was the monarch’s “certain intention” to host the event, announced on Sunday that she had decided to miss the ceremony because of a back sprain.
Elizabeth is Britain’s longest-serving and longest-reigning monarch. She will celebrate a Platinum Jubilee – marking 70 years on the throne – next year.
During her break, the Queen continues to work from home, doing desk jobs and spending most of her time at Windsor Castle, west London.
She canceled plans to attend the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, instead sending a video message to the world leaders attending this month’s conference. She also canceled a previous trip to Northern Ireland.
The Queen held a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week but was not photographed in doing so.