LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has postponed a meeting of senior governmental advisers known as the Privy Council after doctors advised her to rest, Buckingham Palace said.
The council had been scheduled to meet virtually on Wednesday, a day after the 96-year-old monarch had a full day of activities as she presided over the ceremonial handover power to new Prime Minister Liz Truss at her summer residence in Scotland.
Truss would have taken the oath as First Lord of the Treasury, one of her other titles, and new Cabinet ministers would have been sworn in during the session. The meeting will be rescheduled.
The decision is likely to spark renewed concern about the health of Elizabeth, who marked seven decades on the throne this year. She has increasingly handed over duties to her heir, Prince Charles, and other members of the royal family in recent months as she struggled to get around.
The latest issue won’t require a hospital stay, and the queen remains at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire.
The queen’s latest postponement comes days after she decided to skip the Braemar Gathering, a popular Highland Games event she loves and attends every year, as she continues to struggle with issues getting around.
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Last week, the monarch also decided to formally appoint Britain’s new prime minister on Tuesday at her Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she is on vacation, rather than make the more than 800-mile round trip to London for the traditional ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Her eldest son and heir Prince Charles, who normally accompanies the monarch to the Highland Games, will attend in her stead.
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