Sign the Queen realises her reign is 'coming to end' highlighted in sad moment

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II gestures during a reception in the Ballroom of Sandringham House, the Queen's Norfolk residence on February 5, 2022, as she celebrates the start of the Platinum Jubilee. - Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday will became the first British monarch to reign for seven decades, in a bittersweet landmark as she also marked the 70th anniversary of her father's death. (Photo by Joe Giddens / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOE GIDDENS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Princess Diana's former butler has voiced his concern for the Queen and insisted that she realises her reign is "coming to an end" ahead of her Platinum Jubilee.

During an appearance on Lorraine with royal photographer Arthur Edwards, Paul Burrell said he was "sad" to see how "frail" the Queen has looked in recent public appearances.

A grey patch on Her Majesty's left leg caused a lot of concern for royal fans as she arrived at Sandringham in Norfolk ahead of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations last week.

KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Queen Elizabeth II leaves Sandringham House after a reception with representatives from local community groups to celebrate the start of the Platinum Jubilee, on February 5, 2022 in King's Lynn, England. The Queen came to the throne 70 years ago this Sunday when, on February 6 1952, the ailing King George VI , who had lung cancer, died at Sandringham in the early hours. (Photo Joe Giddens - by WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Having recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of her ascension to the throne, Her Majesty issued a special statement expressing her "sincere wish'" for Camilla to become Queen Consort when Prince Charles becomes King.

Princess Diana's former aide highlighted the sad side of the Queen's recent announcements, pointing out that it's clear she is preparing for her reign to come to an end and to make sure proceedings are "smooth" when Charles takes the throne one day.

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Speaking to Lorraine Kelly, Paul said, "As you know Lorraine, my royal service has been devoted to Her Majesty and to Princess Diana because 11 years with the Queen and 10 years with Diana, that's quite a time to understand these people.

"I see what the Queen's doing - I know she's preparing a smooth path for the transition of this monarchy to the next monarchy.

"I was very sad because I saw a frail Queen at Sandringham and I was thinking of the times that I was with her and she was strong and fit and healthy and I realised we're coming to the end of this monarchy and she does too," he added.

Kudzai Chibaduki
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