Queen Elizabeth news latest: Her Majesty is 'too frail to walk her dogs' claim aides as monarch 'rules out wheelchair'

THE QUEEN has 'ruled out using a wheelchair' as she 'still hopes' to attend Prince Phillip's memorial.

The memorial service will take place at the abbey on March 29.

It comes after Buckingham Palace announced she was not fit enough to attend today's Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.

Palace staff feared how “comfortable” she would be travelling to London from Windsor then spending up to an hour at the event.

The Queen has also not been able to walk her beloved corgis due to her frailty.

She has been unable to take them out at Windsor Castle for six months and it is feared she may never again.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    Who is attending the 2022 Commonwealth Day service?

    In 2022 Her Majesty The Queen, 95, will not be attending the service due to worries about her health.

    Since recovering from Covid, the Queen has returned to light duties at Windsor Castle, such as hosting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    However, the 30 mile journey into Central London is thought to be too taxing for the Queen's current condition.

    Instead, Prince Charles will take over her official duties at the service, accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall.

    The Queen, who is head of the Commonwealth, will send a video message to the congregation in order to participate.

    Other members of the Royal Family are set to attend, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

    The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will not be there as they have tested positive for Covid.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson will also be at the service, along with the Commonwealth Secretary-General Lady Scotland, senior politicians, and dignitaries.

    More than 600 school children and young people have been invited to the event.

    You can only attend the service by invitation.

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate Middleton has a secret code name

    KATE Middleton is one of the most famous women in the world, so it is understandable that she may wish for some privacy at times.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to have secret code names that they use during trips or their personal time.

    According to the Express, Kate is known as Daphne Clark when she goes away, and William goes by the alias of Danny Collins.

    Both have the initials DC, similar to their Duke and Duchess of Cambridge titles.

    And it’s not the only name Kate reportedly uses when she wants to be low-key.

    The Mirror claimed that the royal mum-of-three accidentally let slip one of her monikers during a shopping trip in Wales in 2010.

  • Louis Allwood

    Will we see any royals at Cheltenham?

    Mike and Zara Tindall are the Royals most likely to be found at Cheltenham this year according to MyBettingSites, with odds of 1/10 that they will be at the Festival – or a 90% chance.

    Princess Anne is highly likely at 1/5 to continue her regular attendance at jump racing’s biggest meeting, while Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, is Evens (1/1).

    Prince William has a huge affinity to sport in the UK in his role as the President of the Football Association and his love for Aston Villa, and he's 20/1 to swap football for jumps racing along with his wife, Kate.

    US-based Royal exiles Harry and Meghan are 150/1 to attend the meeting in the Cotswolds, while Prince Charles is more-likely at 18/1.

  • Louis Allwood

    'Mobility letting her down'

    The Queen is not attending the 2022 Commonwealth Day service today and one royal expert has said it is her 'mobility letting her down'.

    Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said: “This is about her mobility letting her down.

    "If she can’t move about properly, she certainly doesn’t want that broadcast on TV at the Abbey.”

    Senior royal aides are understood to have accepted that the “frailties that come with living a long life” are finally catching up with her.

    But sources stressed that the 95-year-old monarch is not ill and is “as committed to her duties of state as ever”.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen told to ‘pace herself’ by palace aides

    Palace aides will urge the Queen to “pace herself” so she can make Prince Philip’s memorial in two weeks.

    Her Majesty, 95, was pulled from today’s Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey following discussions.

    There were worries about her “comfort” on the 30-mile Windsor to London drive and in the hour-long ceremony.

    Prince Charles will stand in.

    She would face the same trip for the Duke of Edinburgh’s service of thanksgiving on March 29.

    An insider said: “You can’t say she will definitely be at the service but there’s an element of pacing herself to make it happen.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Why isn't The Queen attending the 2022 Commonwealth Day service?

    Although the Queen has recovered from Covid, her return to royal duties has been tentative in her Platinum Jubilee year.

    The palace have assured that Her Majesty's absence is not related to a new illness.

    Instead, concerns have been raised that it could be too taxing on her health to attend the service on March 14.

    There has also been the suggestion that she must pace herself and regain her strength for Prince Phillip's memorial service on March 29.

    The journey from Windsor, Berkshire to Central London is a 30-mile trip and worries were voiced about the Queen's comfort during the travel.

  • Louis Allwood

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Meghan & Sophie ‘unhappy in each other’s company’

    A body language expert has claimed that Meghan Markle and Sophie Wessexes interaction during the Commonwealth Day service in 2020 was “uncomfortable”.

    Express.co.uk spoke to Inbaal Honigman, a celebrity psychic and body language expert about this moment.

    Inbaal watched this moment and presented her opinion: “The interactions, or lack thereof, between Meghan Markle and Sophie Wessex at the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 are eye catching, in their absolute failure of subtlety.” 

    Inbaal claims: “Over the past few years, Meghan has been subject to considerable scrutiny, whether justly or unjustly, for taking her time trying to fit in with royal protocol, and not accepting every direction that she is given, and having her own mind.  

    “This is, at times, a delicate conversation, because no one can tell what’s in her mind.

    “In this case, however, the signs of animosity are not hidden.

    “While the chaps chit chat merrily, being used to formal affairs since birth, they feel comfortable with each other and with the grand occasion. They lean towards each other and their conversation is animated. This shows us how at ease they feel.” 

    She added: “At the same time, Catherine and Meghan are doing their best. Not born to royalty, they are adjusting. 

    “They are sitting in a very elegant way, in their allocated seats, behaving properly. Their postures are a little stiff, but not overly so. They are comfortable enough, their smiles reach their eyes, but they’re aware that the eyes of the world are on them.”

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  • Joseph Gamp

    What does Meghan’s choice of pooch reveal about her?

    Beagle owners like Meghan Markle are believed to be level-headed and stable – but not necessarily wallflowers.

    Breeder Mary Cummings says: “Beagles are very outgoing, active and family-friendly and enjoy time with their owners.”

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    My colleague Louis Allwood will be with you from 10am.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen’s favourite TV show revealed

    IT’S no secret that the royals enjoy a night in front of the box with William and Kate said to be a fan of Killing Eve while Princess Charlotte loves the vintage kids show The Clangers.

    And there have been a few guesses at the Queen’s favourite thing on the box, from The Bill to Pointless, but now we can finally reveal what Her Majesty puts her feet up to.

    The monarch revealed her show of choice in a conversation with BBC Radio 2 editor Phil Jones during their meeting at Buckingham Palace in 2001.

    Jones had kept her confession a secret for 21 years after being told that a journalist never ought to reveal their conversations with a monarch.

    But having retired in January, Jones shared his “surreal” conversation with the monarch with the New Statesman.

    After confessing her love for late Radio 2 DJ Terry Wogan, Jones, in a flap over what to say, asked Her Majesty what her favourite programme was.

    Revealing her response, Jones writes: “Straightaway, she said: “The Kumars at No 42” and even more astonishingly, proceeded to recite some of the one-liners from the grandma character played by the brilliant Meera Syal.”

    Originally aired in 2001 the comedy series centres around Sanjeev Kumar (Sanjeev Bhaskar), an aspiring chat-show host who negotiates celebrity guests visiting his home in Wembley while his family try to join in.

  • Louis Allwood

    The reason Prince George might have to move schools soon

    HE'S been attending the £19,000-a-year St Thomas's School in Battersea for the past four years.

    But one royal expert reckons Prince George is in for a big change in the not-so-distant future.

    Speaking to OK!, biographer Duncan Larcombe claimed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are "eyeing up" schools in Berkshire for their eight-year-old.

    After all, the expert said it's "unusual" for children in the Royal Family to only be educated at a single primary and secondary school.

    He explained: "William and Harry broke the mould by going to the same school, but if you look at the Queen's children, they were all schooled separately."

    While Prince Charles attended Gordonstoun school in Scotland, Princess Anne was sent to Benenden and Prince Andrew and Prince Edward were also educated in Kent.

    The expert added: "Kate had a traditional co-ed education but it seems to be almost par for the course with the royals that they don't pile all of their children into the same school."

    The couple are rumoured to be moving to Windsor and are already thinking ahead to where their three kids might go to school in September.

  • Louis Allwood

    Will Prince Harry travel to the Invictus Games?

    Despite Harry refusing to return for the memorial, it is unclear whether he may travel to Europe for the Invictus Games in Holland next month.

    Harry has been back to the UK only twice since leaving for the US in 2020 with wife Meghan.

    He returned for Philip’s funeral last April — just days after he blasted his family in a TV interview.

    Two months later he was at the unveiling of his mother Diana’s statue   at Kensington Palace.

    Harry is suing the Home Office after his armed bodyguards were removed.

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry and Andrew being counsellors is 'not right'

    The debate over Harry and Andrew's position as counsellors was reignited after Buckingham Palace announced senior royals future plans.

    The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge will be undertaking several tours in the coming months to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

    In March, both royals will be away from the UK for at least one day as Prince Charles visits Ireland and Prince William is in the Bahamas.

    Speaking to Palace Confidential, editor Richard Eden said: "Charles would be in Ireland so, obviously, he could come back in an emergency.

    "But the fact is, Prince Andrew or Prince Harry, as the law stands, would have to step in and that's not right. That needs to be changed."

  • Louis Allwood

    Sussexes leaving England could spark rethink among senior royals

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from royal responsibilities in March 2020.  

    The example that Meghan and Harry have set by parting ways with the Royal Family may have made other senior royals think twice about their role.

    Dr Morris, of the Constitution Unit at University College London, told Express.co.uk: “It may have the effect that other members of the Royal Family, the elder members of the Royal Family, will think twice about what roles they wish to take in life."

    He continued: “Perhaps we have been unimaginative in developing the careers of the spares, and rely too much on our military careers for that purpose.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Experts say Harry would have got adequate protection

    Experts say he would have got adequate protection at the March 29 event in Westminster Abbey and when he stayed in Windsor.

    The Duke's friends, colleagues and representatives of organisations he supported are also said to be attending the service.

    Angela Levin, Harry’s biographer, said: “He has snubbed the Duke of Edinburgh but really he is snubbing the Queen.”

    She went on: “He has got this all wrong. If he comes over for a royal event he gets police protection. What they won’t do is, if he goes out with his friends he gets security.

    "He’ll probably use this same excuse to try to get out of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations."

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan’s dad launches YouTube channel

    Meghan’s dad Thomas Markle has decided to launch his own YouTube channel.

    Thomas’s co-host Karl, 53, said: “Tom wants to do it to put his thoughts out there from the horse’s mouth. He wants to speak about how Meghan and Harry have affected his family. The chat will be no-holds-barred.

    “He wants his truth to be out there, just like Meghan’s truth came out a year ago in her Oprah Winfrey interview.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate will 'not forget'

    KATE Middleton will 'not forget' the way Meghan Markle previously treated her ahead of what could be an 'awkward' reunion at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

    Prince Harry and Meghan could come to the UK in the summer to take part in celebrations for the anticipated event.

    However, a happy family reunion may not be on the cards as royal author and editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, Ingrid Seward, says the Duchess of Cambridge may never forget how she was treated by Meghan.

    This is about the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview in which Meghan claimed the Duchess made her cry.

    Ms Seward told the Mirror: "The Duchess of Cambridge will be cordial to Meghan. She has to – that is part of her job. Her private feelings have to remain just that. Kate will not forget however how Meghan treated her.

    "But she knows there is no point in prolonging a feud that has the opportunity of being repaired."

  • Louis Allwood

    Who takes the Queen's corgis for walks

    Aides now take her two corgis and dorgi for daily walks.

    A source said: “She is not well enough.

    “The Queen usually turns to her beloved corgis in time of crisis and stress and took them out almost every day after Philip fell ill and then died last year.

    "They are an enormous source of solace, so it is a real shame.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Piers Morgan accuses GMB rival Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu of ‘race-baiting’

    PIERS Morgan has slammed his GMB rival Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu as “disgusting” after she made a series of allegations claiming that Prince William is “racist”.

    The TV firebrand lashed out at the activist after she accused the Duke of Cambridge of being “racist” in a scathing comment piece – accusing her of “race baiting”.

    Dr Shola claims that the Duke can’t “claim ignorance” in her explosive piece in The Voice, which also rips into the royal for stating “we are very much not a racist family.”

    The activist demands that Prince William be “held to account” for what she feels is “casual racism”, but Sun columnist Piers has hit back at her comments.

    Posting on Twitter, Morgan said: “Disgusting race-baiting crap from one of the nastiest, most toxic pundits in Britain.

    “The Voice should be ashamed of itself too for fuelling this fake racism nonsense about William.”

  • Louis Allwood

    What does The Queen’s choice of pooch reveal about her Majesty?

    Vet Clare Hamilton  has given an insight into how their pets and personalities match up.

    Over the years, the Queen is said to have had more than 30 corgis.

    Owners of this breed are claimed to crave the spotlight and love exploring the world but can also be stubborn at times.

    Clare says: “Corgis’ loveable, sweet nature has made them a most desirable breed.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Camilla blasts Russia

    THE DUCHESS of Cornwall has blasted Russia for launching a “brutal attack” in Ukraine at her International Women’s Day reception.

    Camilla spoke of the “heartbreaking conditions” that have been caused due to Russia’s invasion.

    The future Queen joined other members of the Royal family in showing solidarity to the Ukrainian people as she invited the wife of the Ukrainian ambassador to the UK to speak at Clarence House.

    The event was part of a reception for International Women’s Day, where Camilla spoke about the plight of gender equality and events in Kyiv.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen’s favourite TV show revealed

    IT’S no secret that the royals enjoy a night in front of the box with William and Kate said to be a fan of Killing Eve while Princess Charlotte loves the vintage kids show The Clangers.

    And there have been a few guesses at the Queen’s favourite thing on the box, from The Bill to Pointless, but now we can finally reveal what Her Majesty puts her feet up to.

    The monarch revealed her show of choice in a conversation with BBC Radio 2 editor Phil Jones during their meeting at Buckingham Palace in 2001.

    Jones had kept her confession a secret for 21 years after being told that a journalist never ought to reveal their conversations with a monarch.

    But having retired in January, Jones shared his “surreal” conversation with the monarch with the New Statesman.

    After confessing her love for late Radio 2 DJ Terry Wogan, Jones, in a flap over what to say, asked Her Majesty what her favourite programme was.

    Revealing her response, Jones writes: “Straightaway, she said: “The Kumars at No 42” and even more astonishingly, proceeded to recite some of the one-liners from the grandma character played by the brilliant Meera Syal.”

    Originally aired in 2001 the comedy series centres around Sanjeev Kumar (Sanjeev Bhaskar), an aspiring chat-show host who negotiates celebrity guests visiting his home in Wembley while his family try to join in.

  • Louis Allwood

    The reason Prince George might have to move schools soon

    HE'S been attending the £19,000-a-year St Thomas's School in Battersea for the past four years.

    But one royal expert reckons Prince George is in for a big change in the not-so-distant future.

    Speaking to OK!, biographer Duncan Larcombe claimed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are "eyeing up" schools in Berkshire for their eight-year-old.

    After all, the expert said it's "unusual" for children in the Royal Family to only be educated at a single primary and secondary school.

    He explained: "William and Harry broke the mould by going to the same school, but if you look at the Queen's children, they were all schooled separately."

    While Prince Charles attended Gordonstoun school in Scotland, Princess Anne was sent to Benenden and Prince Andrew and Prince Edward were also educated in Kent.

    The expert added: "Kate had a traditional co-ed education but it seems to be almost par for the course with the royals that they don't pile all of their children into the same school."

    The couple are rumoured to be moving to Windsor and are already thinking ahead to where their three kids might go to school in September.

  • Louis Allwood

    Will Prince Harry travel to the Invictus Games?

    Despite Harry refusing to return for the memorial, it is unclear whether he may travel to Europe for the Invictus Games in Holland next month.

    Harry has been back to the UK only twice since leaving for the US in 2020 with wife Meghan.

    He returned for Philip’s funeral last April — just days after he blasted his family in a TV interview.

    Two months later he was at the unveiling of his mother Diana’s statue   at Kensington Palace.

    Harry is suing the Home Office after his armed bodyguards were removed.

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