Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter said she believes the Queen will continue to carry out her largely ceremonial duties despite Prince Philip’s death and health problems this year
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The Queen is devoted to carrying out her duties as monarch despite recent health issues and a tough year, a royal expert has said.
Royal expert Victoria Arbiter said that while her son, Prince Charles, and her grandson, Prince William, have taken on more responsibilities, she will not take any more of a “step back”.
The prediction comes in the year that the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, died.
And she took some time in November after being advised to stick to “light, desk-based duties” due to health concerns.
Several of her royal engagements were cancelled and the Queen, who has recently used a walking stick for the first time on royal visits, also spent a night in hospital.
Ms Arbiter told Australia’s 9Honey: “Subtle in nature, the changes have been all but imperceptible to the public but each has been implemented in an effort to relieve the burden on an ageing monarch and to ensure a smooth eventual transition from mother to son.
“In the wake of Prince Philip’s death, however, many wondered if she’d consider taking a more significant step back. But rather than opting to formally retire, it’s become readily apparent she remains as devoted to her role as ever.”
Ms Arbiter said that the Queen’s first public appearance after her husband’s death at the state opening of Parliament highlighted her “devastating loss”.
The Queen was forced to pull out of the Remembrance Sunday service at the cenotaph in London due to her spraining her back.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement on her behalf at the time expressing her “disappointment” for not being able to attend the event to commemorate all the men and women who served in the First World War.
Dr Yousaf Shah, consultant orthopaedic spine surgeon at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, wrote in The Sun that it usually takes between two and six weeks for someone to recover from a back sprain.
But because of the Queen being 95 years old, it could take double that amount.
He said she was “absolutely right” to pull out of the service as it would have entailed standing for more hours, putting further pressure on her back.
Dr Shah said it “remains to be seen” whether the back sprain is just a one-off or if it turns into a long-term condition that “comes and goes”.
Explaining how the Queen will probably use anti-inflammatory creams and painkillers to calm the pain, he said: ‘It is important to have a proper strategy in mind for her recovery.”