Doctors are concerned about the health of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and have announced that she remains under medical supervision, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.
Immediate family members have been informed and are currently traveling to Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s royal residence in Scotland.
“Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned about Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remain under medical supervision,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
It added that the Queen, 96, remains comfortable and at Balmoral.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have already arrived, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is on his way.
The queen, who is the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has been said to be suffering from deteriorating health in the past several months, with doctors citing ongoing “episodic mobility problems”.
She spent a night in hospital last October and has been forced to cut back on her public engagements since then.
On Tuesday, the Queen broke with tradition and appointed her 15th Prime Minister from Balmoral rather than traveling to Buckingham Palace as is typical. She was also forced to cancel a planned virtual meeting with senior ministers after being advised to rest by her doctors.
Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss, who met the Queen on Tuesday, said her thoughts were with her and her family.
“My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our UK – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time,” she said.
Keir Starmer, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labor Party, said he was deeply concerned by the news.
“Along with the rest of the country, I am deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this afternoon,” he said in a statement.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was “deeply concerned” and Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford sent his best wishes on behalf of the people of Wales.
Elizabeth has been Queen of Great Britain and more than a dozen other countries since 1952. Earlier this year, she celebrated her 70th year on the throne.