• Thu. Jun 13th, 2024

Royal family gathers in Balmoral amid concerns for Queen`s health

The Queen is under medical supervision after doctors became concerned for her health this morning, Buckingham Palace says.

In a statement, the Palace says the Queen “remains comfortable” at Balmoral.

Here’s the statement in full:

Quote Message: Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision.
Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision.

Quote Message: The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”
The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said the “prayers of the nation” are with the Queen.

The Duke of York – Prince Andrew – is on his way to Balmoral. The Count and Countess of Wessex, Edward and Sophie, are also travelling there, and Princess Anne is already in Scotland where she had been undertaking engagements.

All the Queen’s children are either at or travelling to Balmoral, says our Royal Correspondent Jonny Dymond.

Former Conservative prime minister David Cameron has tweeted his “deep concern” at the news.

On Twitter he wrote: “I send my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this worrying time.”

BBC hearing that all the Queen’s children are either at or on the way to Balmoral.

The monarch has four children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren/

Dozens of well-wishers have gathered outside the gates of Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire.

Police officers stand guard of the gates of the driveway leading up to the Castle where the Queen is being joined by members of her family.

Buckingham Palace said in its statement that the Queen was at the castle and was “comfortable” .

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster and head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has said he’s “concerned” by the news of the Queen’s health.

He also offered his prayers, adding: “May the blessings of the Lord strengthen and comfort her and her family.”

The UK’s Chief Rabbi has expressed similar sentiments, saying the Queen “is very much in my prayers today”.

Ephraim Mirvis, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, said: “I know that Jewish communities around the Commonwealth will join me in wishing her a full and swift recovery.”

The Muslim Council of Britain has wished the Queen a “swift and lasting recovery” and offered its prayers for the monarch and the Royal Family.

BBC