Queen's health being taken 'day by day' by Palace as Philip’s memorial looms

Queen Elizabeth II attends Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England.
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The Queen is reportedly ‘desperate’ to attend her late husband Prince Philip's memorial service this month but after her recent health scares, Palace aides are reportedly taking each day as it comes.

The Queen has cancelled more royal engagements, after being unable to attend the Commonwealth service (opens in new tab). Now with Prince Philip's memorial approaching, royal experts say the Palace will be "playing it day by day" on whether she’ll be able to attend.

Her Majesty has sparked health fears (opens in new tab) after testing positive for Covid-19 earlier this month and suffering mild symptoms. Now it’s understood that the Queen is using a wheelchair for "much of the time" (opens in new tab). She's also cancelled numerous engagements, as she doesn’t want to be seen "struggling".

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.

It’s also been reported that Palace aides have planned a whole ‘military operation’ to get the Queen to the memorial. (opens in new tab) The service is due to take place on March 29th and will mark a year since his death. However, royal author, Robert Jobson, says her aides with be taking each day as it comes.

He told Royally US (opens in new tab), “I’m sure that she’d desperately want to be there [at the memorial] but if she can’t, she can’t and she’ll be well represented by her eldest son, the Prince of Wales.” He also remarked that the Queen would not want to be pictured in a wheelchair.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the start of the Platinum Jubilee at a reception in the Ballroom of Sandringham House, the Queen's Norfolk residence on February 5, 2022

Speaking on her ongoing health issues, Jobson said, “It’s difficult, the Palace has got to play it day by day.

"We’ve never been in this position, the Queen is the longest-reigning monarch of all time, also the oldest reigning, by some time as well."

But he reiterated that the Firm (opens in new tab) is there to support her. Both son Prince Charles and her grandson Prince William who is second in the line of succession.

When her health allows her, the Queen has conducted small, in-person audiences, even delighting royal fans with a tribute to Ukraine (opens in new tab) when meeting Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.