A royal expert is sounding the alarm, saying new photos of Queen Elizabeth II show the beloved monarch is “fading away before our very eyes.”
Daniela Elzer wrote an op-ed for Australia’s News.com.AU on Friday saying images of the Queen welcoming New South Wales Governor Margaret Beasley to the UK last week were “nothing short of disturbing”.
The pictures show the 96-year-old royal in a bright yellow dress smiling and shaking hands with the Australian politician at Windsor Castle.
Elser claims the images are unremarkable until they are compared to photographs of the Queen taken in a similar outfit back in June 2021 when she met with former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“The difference is really striking,” writes the royal expert. “Over the past 12 months, Her Majesty has become noticeably more stooped, much thinner and generally smaller.”
The Post has reached out to the Queen’s public relations secretary for comment.
Elser noted that “almost every month” since October last year, the Queen had to “abandon previously non-negotiable events”, and suggested that the full extent of her health problems remain secret.
“The assistants are in a difficult position,” the expert stated. “They can hardly go out and offer the press a quick comment about what might be unhealthy. [the queen]”.
However, Elser said the royals should be somewhat transparent as they risk looking “squirrelly and secretive,” especially as the family’s image has been hit hard by the recent Prince Andrew scandal.
Indeed, the Queen’s health has been in the headlines since last October, when she was seen holding a cane for the first time in 17 years. An insider said at the time that the help was for her “comfort”.
Later that month, Her Majesty was hospitalized and consequently canceled her trip to Ireland before returning to royal duties.
However, in May, a statement from Buckingham Palace revealed that the Queen would be “reluctant” to miss the royal engagement due to “movement issues”. The decision was made “in consultation with her doctors,” the palace said.
Last week, the Queen missed Royal Ascot for the first time. since her coronation seven decades ago.
She also withdrew from events earlier this month due to feelings of “discomfort” during mass platinum anniversary celebrations marking her historic 70 years of service.
While she attended the Trooping the Color parade, she skipped the National Thanksgiving Service and only attended the Platinum Jubilee contest as a hologram.
“While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart was with you all; and I remain determined to serve you to the best of my ability with the support of my family,” she said in a statement made during the anniversary. “I have been inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship that has been so evident in recent days, and I hope this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.”