Treat what Palace says about Queens health with scepticism says royal snapper

A royal photographer admits he is sceptical about Palace statements on the Queen's health.

Arthur Edwards has been taking snaps of the Queen and her family since the 1970s but now questions what information their staff puts out.

The Queen missed the weekend's Remembrance Sunday service held at the Cenotaph in London, an event she has attended all but six times during her reign.

Palace officials announced the monarch, 95, was forced to pull out of the ceremony due to a bad back.

Commemorating fallen armed service personnel on Sunday was set to mark Her Majesty's return to Royal duties, which she had spent the previous fortnight resting from as she recovered from illness.

It was the way that illness was communicated by Buckingham Palace in October that has led to Mr Edwards' scepticism.

On October 22, the Queen spent her first overnight stay in a hospital for eight years as she was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in central London, for "preliminary investigations".

A Palace spokesman later revealed that the 95-year-old monarch was back home at Windsor Castle by lunchtime on Thursday and "remains in good spirits".

Photographer Mr Edwards told The Sun : "It is difficult when the Palace puts out misleading statements like recently claiming the Queen was resting at Windsor when she was on her way to hospital.

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"In fact, she was on her way to hospital for ‘preliminary tests’ and an overnight stay."

"The Queen is 95 and perfectly entitled to put her feet up and let other members of the royal family take the weight.

"But because we were misled over her recent hospital stay I now treat everything the Palace says with scepticism."

He is not the only one to cast doubt on official statements provided by the Palace which said on Sunday: "The Queen, having sprained her back, has decided this morning with great regret that she will not be able to attend today's Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph.

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"Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service."

Sources claim there were concerns on how a car journey to London and a period of standing could negatively impact her injury.

One said it is "incredibly unfortunate timing and nobody regrets her absence today more deeply than her Majesty herself".

Piers Morgan has expressed fears for the Queen's health in a social media post where he wrote: "There’s something we’re not being told."

Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.

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