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Queen Elizabeth II delegates functions to her youngest son and concern for his health grows

The Earl of Wessex, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, will take his mother’s place on Tuesday when delivering a speech before the General Synod, at the national assembly of the Church of England, a fact that adds to the worry for the health of the monarch.

The 95-year-old queen was expected to come in person to this official commitment, although last weekend he could not be on the so-called Remembrance Sunday, a tribute to those who died in combat, after having suffered a muscle problem.

Elizabeth II is currently at her residence in Windsor, on the outskirts of London, taking care of only light tasks virtually.

Elizabeth II is currently at her Windsor residence. Photo: AP

This Tuesday her youngest son, Edward, attends a service held at Westminster Abbey; opens the Synod on behalf of the queen and will read in her place a speech among the bishops and the clergy at Church House, the headquarters of the Church of England in Westminster.

According to the website of the General Synod, among the events scheduled during the ceremony on Tuesday is a speech by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, welcoming the earl, as well as the aforementioned intervention by Prince Edward on behalf of his mother –Supreme Governor of the Church from England.

In recent weeks the health of Elizabeth II has been a matter of national concern.

Prince Edward, the youngest of Queen Elizabeth's children.  Photo: Reuters

Prince Edward, the youngest of Queen Elizabeth’s children. Photo: Reuters

Before announcing that she could not be at the memorial service for those killed in combat this Sunday, one of her favorite commitments on her annual schedule, the queen canceled a two-week trip to Northern Ireland; he canceled his presence at the climate summit in Glasgow – Cop26 – and had to rest for almost a month in recent weeks.

Pain in the spine

The sovereign’s brief internment weeks ago was due to a review by specialists. They also performed medical tests. But it did not transcend more than that. The private lives of patients and their ailments, including the queen, do not transcend.

It is only known that it has back pain and fluid retention in the legs.

At 95 years old, the queen walks with a cane in an October image.  Photo: AP

At 95 years old, the queen walks with a cane in an October image. Photo: AP

That same pain in the back was the reason why the queen did not attend the official ceremony in London on Sunday.

“The Queen, who twisted her back, decided this morning with great regret that she will not be able to attend today’s Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

This was to be his first public appearance since his brief hospitalization last month, but his doctors deemed it unreasonable for him to travel by car or stand during the ceremony.

“It is very sad for the queen because it is the only event of the year that she really likes to attend,” said monarchy expert Penny Junor.

At the age of 95, having lost her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, this year, the sovereign had ended her long vacation at Balmoral Palace and had returned to her duties in October. But her sons worried about the sovereign’s heavy agenda, which must now be divided between the “fine-tuned royal family” that Prince Charles, the next heir, wants to set in motion.

Clarín newsroom with information from agencies and archives

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