The Queen’s recent health
The Queen’s decision to continue with her duties after testing positive for Covid-19 is in keeping with her no-fuss approach to illness.
In the past, the 95-year-old has been known for her strong constitution and infrequent ill health.
Indeed, in June 2020 the Queen was pictured riding a Fell pony at Windsor while isolating during the coronavirus pandemic.
However, she has recently suffered from some health difficulties.
On Wednesday, the sovereign, standing holding a walking stick, remarked during an in-person audience: “Well, as you can see, I can’t move.”
Buckingham Palace declined to comment but the Queen was understood to have been feeling slightly stiff, rather than having injured herself or being unwell.
It comes after she missed the Remembrance Sunday event at the Cenotaph on November 14 last year due to a sprained back.
Before that, she missed a reception for business leaders at Windsor Castle on October 19 due to ill health, instead spending a night at King Edward VII’s Hospital.
That hospital stay was her first in eight years. In 2013, she was treated at the private clinic for a bout of gastroenteritis, when she also stayed for one night.
The sovereign was also seen using a walking stick at a Westminster Abbey service in early October, the first time she had done so at a major event.