Queen Elizabeth Is ‘Very Concerned’ About Not Looking Like a ‘Weakened Elderly Sovereign,’ Expert Says
Because of her age, Her Majesty’s health has been in the spotlight more than ever. However, according to a royal expert, the queen is “very concerned” about not looking like a “weakened elderly sovereign” in front of the public.
Queen Elizabeth has been attending fewer public events
Queen Elizabeth’s health is now a big topic of conversation because she has been cutting back on public events.
For example, in October 2021, she canceled a trip to Northern Ireland. The queen had to spend some time in a hospital, though the palace did not release details about her health condition.
On May 10, she also did not attend the opening of Parliament for the first time in almost six decades. As a result, her son, Prince Charles, stepped in for her and even delivered the Queen’s Speech.
In June, there will be a celebration across the United Kingdom in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. However, there are rumors that Her Majesty might not attend many of the events held for her.
“The assumption must now be that the queen will not be present at events,” a source told The Telegraph. “If Her Majesty does attend, it will be decided on the day, and she will be accompanied by another member of the royal family.”
Queen Elizabeth is reportedly ‘very concerned’ about not looking like a ‘weakened elderly sovereign,’ expert says
The queen has spent over 70 years ruling over her country. According to royal expert Christine Ross, Her Majesty is likely being careful of the image she is projecting to the public during these years when her health is declining.
“I think she’s very concerned about her legacy and how she’ll be remembered and how the public will perceive her and her final years,” Ross said on Us Weekly’s Royally Us series. “And if the last memories that we have of her in person are her standing and smiling and looking vivacious and strong, that’s how she’ll always be remembered.”
Ross added, “I think she doesn’t want the public to see sort of a weakened elderly sovereign.”
Queen Elizabeth does not believe in ‘flaunting’ her weakness, another expert said
According to journalist Rebecca English, Queen Elizabeth is also from a generation where people do not like to show weakness. This could be why Her Majesty wants to maintain her image of being a capable leader.
“I have to say, personally, I think it’s incredibly unlikely we will ever see her in some kind of a wheelchair,” English said about the queen’s mobility issues on the Palace Confidential series. “Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but the queen is a woman of her generation. She’s very proud. She’s never really liked to make concessions to her age, although she is doing that now, reluctantly, by using a walking stick.”