Queen Elizabeth II won’t be stepping down anytime soon.
The claim was made by Dickie Arbiter, the reigning monarch’s former press spokesman, amid concerns over his health after the 95-year-old canceled a trip to Northern Ireland this week on medical advice .
“Remembrance Day is approaching and is sacred in his journal,” Arbiter told “Good Morning Britain” on Thursday. “To suggest that she will back down is condescending and will fight fire – the Queen will instead ask her officials to step up her engagements more.”
Arbiter told the outlet that there was a good reason the Queen would not be stepping down.
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“At her coronation, she made a vow in the sight of God, and you cannot compare that promise to the Pope’s retirement,” he explained. “The Queen had a very difficult time a few days ago which is why doctors have probably advised her to cancel her next trip.”
“It’s a lot to ask of anyone, no matter what their age – even when she’s not on engagements, the monarch has loads of paperwork to fill out,” he explained. “Buckingham Palace officials will be looking very carefully at the pace of his engagements.”
On Wednesday, Buckingham Palace announced that Elizabeth had reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for a few days. Although the palace did not provide details of the decisions, they noted that she was “in a good mood” and disappointed that she could no longer travel to Northern Ireland for engagements on Wednesday and Thursday.
“The Queen sends her warmest wishes to the people of Northern Ireland and looks forward to visiting them in the future,” the palace added.
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Elizabeth is resting at Windsor Castle, where she has been staying since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year. It was understood that the decision to cancel the trip was unrelated to COVID.
Most recently, the Queen was seen using a cane at a major public event as she attended a service at Westminster Abbey marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion, a charity of the armed forces. She had previously been photographed using a cane in 2003, but that was after undergoing knee surgery.
The longest-lived and longest reigning British monarch, Elizabeth is set to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – next year.
The Queen, who was a widow this year when Prince Philip died aged 99 in April, still has a busy schedule of royal duties. On Tuesday, she held hearings with diplomats and hosted a reception at Windsor Castle for global business leaders.
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Despite her great age, the monarch politely declined the honor of being named “Oldie of the Year” by a British magazine. Oldie magazine on Tuesday published the Queen’s response to her suggestion that she would follow in the footsteps of past recipients, such as actor Olivia de Havilland and artist David Hockney.
“Her Majesty thinks you are as old as you think you are, as such the Queen does not think she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept, and hopes you will find a more worthy recipient,” a letter said. by his Deputy Private Secretary, Tom Laing Baker. He ended the letter “with the best wishes from His Majesty”.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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