Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter has said the Queen will not resign despite health concerns after she canceled a trip to Northern Ireland this week following medical advice to rest for the next few days.
In a speech on GMB this morning, the 95-year-old former Queen’s press secretary told Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid that anyone asking the monarch to retire “was patronizing and fighting fire”.
Instead, Dickie, 81, suggested that the Queen ask officials to “pace” her obligations as she continues her duties as a sovereign.
Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter has said the Queen will not resign despite health concerns after she canceled a trip to Northern Ireland this week following medical advice to rest for the next few days (seen in Cardiff last week)
Dickie said on ITV today: ‘The Queen made her feelings very clear when she told the ‘Oldie awards’ to stop.
“Remembrance Day is coming and is sacred in her diary. To suggest she will step back is condescending and fighting fire – the Queen will instead ask her officials to speed up her assignments.”
He explained why the Queen would not abdicate and continued: ‘During her coronation, she made a vow in the sight of God, and you cannot compare that promise to the Pope retiring.
“The Queen had some very strenuous days a few days ago, so doctors probably advised her to cancel her upcoming trip. It’s a lot to ask of anyone of any age – even if she’s not at betrothals, the monarch has piles of paperwork to deal with.”
He concluded: ‘The Buckingham Palace officials will look very carefully to see if she can keep her promises. There’s only so much Charles, William and Kate can do.’
Dickie, 81, suggested the Queen should ask officials to “pace” her obligations as she continues her duties as a sovereign.
However, biographer Angela Levin argued that the Queen struggles with guilt and should be encouraged to step down.
She said: ‘The Queen feels very guilty for promising at 21 that she will be Queen until she dies, but the Pope has taken the same vows and has since retired.
‘Things have changed since the royal made that promise and people are living longer these days.
“The Queen is incredibly alert, but physically it’s too much for her — it’s a mind-body battle right now — she needs to be encouraged to take a slow step back.”
Arguing that the Queen should retire after the platinum jubilee in June, which will mark 70 years on the throne, Angela added: “The Queen should take care of herself and be considerate.
“Prince Philip said the same thing when he retired and gave himself a break. We should all encourage the Queen to step back and enjoy the rest of her life.”
Angela Levin argued that the Queen is fighting guilt and should be encouraged to step down
Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid discussed the news that the Queen had canceled her trip to Northern Ireland after she ‘reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days’
On Wednesday, the Queen canceled her trip to Northern Ireland after “reluctantly accepting medical advice to rest for the next few days.”
The monarch – seen at appointments with a walking stick for the past week – is said to be in a good mood but disappointed that he could not make the two-day journey, which was due to start yesterday.
The Queen has had a busy few days and hosted a major global investment summit at Windsor Castle last night. She also had engagements last week at the Welsh Senedd in Cardiff and Westminster Abbey in London.
Queen Elizabeth II meets attendees at a reception for delegates from the Global Investment Conference in Windsor Castle on Tuesday
October 14 — Queen Elizabeth II uses a walking stick to attend the opening ceremony of the Welsh Senedd in Cardiff . to attend
The Queen is now resting in Windsor Castle and at this stage is still expected to hold a reception in Scotland for the Cop26 conference on November 1st, although it is likely that a position will be taken by then.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said in a statement released shortly after 11am this morning: “The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days.
“Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland where she should have undertaken a series of assignments today and tomorrow. The Queen sends her warmest congratulations to the people of Northern Ireland and looks forward to another visit.’
A royal source said there was “no cause for caution” about the Queen’s health – and her decision is believed to be unrelated to the coronavirus. Her condition has not been disclosed.
The Queen has been doubly vaccinated, having received her first shot from a family doctor at Windsor Castle on January 9 and her second in late March ahead of what was her first public appearance in five months.
Buckingham Palace would not say whether the head of state received her booster Covid-19 shot, but given her age, it is likely she has already had it.
The Queen’s engagements in the past two weeks
October 6 — Meet members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery to mark the 150th anniversary of the creation of A and B batteries, at Windsor Castle
October 7 — Prince Edward and the Queen attend the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022, the XXII Commonwealth Games, at Buckingham Palace
October 10 — She goes to the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor when she returns to church on Sunday morning
12 October — The Queen uses a walking stick as she attends a service at Westminster Abbey in London
October 13 — Dame Imogen Cooper receives the Queen’s Medal for Music at Buckingham Palace
14 October — She uses a walking stick as she attends the opening ceremony of the Welsh Senedd in Cardiff
October 16 — The Queen is inducted into the British Champions Series Hall of Fame at Ascot Racecourse
Monday – The Queen holds a virtual audience with New Zealand’s new Governor General
Yesterday — Virtual audience at Windsor Castle for Japanese Ambassador Hajime Hayashi and EU Ambassador Joao de Almeida at Buckingham Palace
Yesterday — Reception for delegates from Global Investment Conference at Windsor Castle