Queen Elizabeth’s health is sparking new concerns for the royal family. There’s a new report says Queen Elizabeth is suffering from a heavy cold and has postponed her Christmas travel plans to Sandringham Estate to recuperate. The 90-year-old monarch was due to take the train from London to King’s Lynn for her annual Christmas break.
Reports indicate that Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip both have bad colds that are forcing them to stay home at Buckingham palace. It was the first time in years that they called off their travel plans with little notice.
The announcement comes as a shock for many royal observers. According to CBS News, one royal commentator even said, “I think that’s really significant – the fact that the queen felt unwell enough to travel to Sandringham, when that’s all she would have want to have done yesterday, was to stick to her plan.”
Of course, royal observers can’t help but wonder if the Queen is planning to retire. Many insiders believe Queen Elizabeth might be planning on making a major announcement in coming weeks. After all, she recently passed down several of her patronages to Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry. Sources say that the Queen wants her royal family members to step it up with their work load before she formally retires.
The last time 90-year-old Queen Elizabeth canceled her plans was back in 2013. She was forced to cancel a trip to Rome after suffering with a bout of gastroenteritis. In 2015, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Queen had visited King Edward VII hospital for a check-up following reports that her health was in decline. Otherwise, sources say that the Queen has been in rather good health and was even spotted driving behind the wheel during a trip to Scotland this past summer.
So far, it’s unclear how long the Queen will remain at Buckingham Palace. Eyewitnesses say the Royal Standard is flying at full mast. Earlier reports indicated that Prince William and Kate Middleton will be skipping the annual royal Christmas celebrations at Sandringham Estate as well.
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