Visible bruising on Queen Elizabeth II’s hand during her latest photocall at Balmoral Castle on Tuesday sparked concern among dedicated royal observers, before it was announced on Thursday that doctors saw the 96-year-old as having “concern” for her health .
“Following further examinations this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remain under medical supervision,” said a statement from Buckingham Palace, released in the UK at midday on Thursday. “The Queen stays comfortable and on Balmoral.”
The monarch’s last public appearance was on Tuesday when she was photographed at a meeting at her Scottish home as she named Liz Truss as her 15th Prime Minister.
Photos taken showed that the Queen looked in good spirits, apart from a noticeable bruise on her right hand.
Social media users were quick to point out the apparent bruise and raised concerns about the possible cause.
Political commentator Rupert Myers gained weight to say twitter: “The Queen’s hand in this photo from her meeting with Liz Truss looks very bruised, poor lady.”
Broadcaster Amanda Ferguson went further in a post that speculated it may have been caused by a medial drip known as a cannula. When these are removed, bruising often occurs in the affected area.
“The Queen seems to have a bruise on her right hand?” she tweeted. Maybe from a drip?”
The announcement that the Queen’s doctors were “concerned” has drawn widespread comment in the UK. The Prime Minister left the House of Commons after hearing the news, before tweeting:
“The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this afternoon.
“My thoughts – and the thoughts of the people of our UK – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.”
This was followed by an official statement, read in the House of Commons by Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who said:
“I want to comment on the announcement that was just made about Her Majesty,” he said.
“I know I speak on behalf of the entire House when I say that we send our best wishes to Her Majesty The Queen and that you and the Royal Family are in our thoughts and prayers at this moment.”
Speaking about the statement released by Buckingham Palace, royal author Phil Dampier previously said news week that this kind of statement was rare.
“The fact that they have made this statement is deeply concerning,” he said. “They don’t usually do that.”
The BBC has suspended all scheduled coverage on its flagship channel to present live updates on the Queen’s condition.
Members of the royal family, including all of the Queen’s children, as well as Prince William and Prince Harry, are traveling to Scotland with her.
https://www.newsweek.com/queen-elizabeth-bruised-hand-caused-concern-royal-watchers-latest-photos-1741103 The Queen’s injured hand has caused concern among royal watchers in the latest photos