Queen Elizabeth health news – Her Majesty sending MASSIVE signal to royal fans with shock Sandringham decision

THE Queen will travel to Sandringham for a special 96th birthday to remember husband Philip – despite her reported mobility issues.

According to royal sources, the Queen’s “mini-break” is a “positive step” showing that she is prepared to make the journey.

But the trip holds an emotional connection, with the estate being late husband Philip's favourite place.

An insider said: “The Queen decided very recently that on her birthday she wanted to be as close as possible to her late husband and in an environment that was very close to both of their hearts.

“Sandringham holds so many special memories for the Queen and Prince Philip as well as the rest of the royal family.

“It’s certainly a positive step that Her Majesty is feeling well enough and rested to enjoy her upcoming mini-break which she thoroughly deserves to celebrate her birthday.”

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

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen flies to Sandringham for 'emotional’ 96th birthday

    The Queen will celebrate her 96th birthday at her Norfolk estate where she enjoyed family gatherings with the Duke of Edinburgh.

    The monarch has flown fly by helicopter from Windsor Castle to her Sandringham home after an eventful Easter break that saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit her.

    Harry has said his grandmother was "on great form" when they met before he and wife Meghan travelled to Holland for the Invictus Games.

    But he pointedly added he wanted to make sure she was "protected" and had "the right people around her", but did not elaborate in the NBC's Today show interview whether he was referring to palace aides or the royal family.

    The Queen has been experiencing mobility issues in recent months and has cancelled appearances at a number of high profile events, but she did attend Philip's memorial service and has continued carrying out her duties of state and hosting virtual events.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Harry is keen to mend bridges with William

    A Royal expert claimed Harry wants to use a mediator to help with his ‘very, very difficult’ relationship with William

    It was reported much of the Royal family were hurt by Harry and Meghan leaving the UK for the US, but mainly due to their interview with Oprah Winfrey last March.

    Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl revealed Prince Harry has “made it very clear he would like to sort things out with his brother.”

    Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, she said: “Their relationship is at a bit of a crossroads.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Harry says the Queen was ‘on great form’ during Windsor meeting

    The Duke Of Sussex says the Queen was “on great form” during their recent meeting but added he wanted to make sure that she was “protected” and had “the right people around her”.

    He and his wife Meghan visited the monarch and met with the Prince of Wales in Windsor on Thursday, having flown in from their home in the US before travelling on to The Hague in the Netherlands for the Invictus games.

    It is the first time the couple had been seen together publicly on this side of the Atlantic for two years.

    Speaking to NBC’s Today show about his meeting with the Queen, he said “Being with her it was great, it was just so nice to see her, she’s on great form.

    “She’s always got a great sense of humour with me and I’m just making sure that she’s protected and got the right people around her.

    “Both Meghan and I had tea with her, so it was really nice to catch up with her.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘I feel Diana’s presence every day’

    Prince Harry revealed he talks to his son Archie about ‘Grandma Diana’ and has photos of her all around the house.

    He told NBC “I feel her presence in almost everything that I do now – especially over the past two years.”

    He added that he believes Diana opted to “help” Prince William get his life set up first, before turning her attention to him.

    “It feels like she helped my brother out first, now she’s helping me. She’s watching over us,” she said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Harry 'thrives' in the Armed Forces community

    The Duke of Sussex has been "having a blast" at the Invictus Games where he was heard whistling as he cycled around the site.

    Harry travelled by bike to and from the indoor rowing event in The Hague's Zuiderpark on Wednesday afternoon.

    It came after he told an American TV show that he wanted to make sure that the Queen – who turns 96 on Thursday – is "protected" and has "the right people around her".

    Harry and his wife Meghan visited the monarch and met the Prince of Wales at Windsor last Thursday, having flown in from their home in the US before travelling to the Netherlands for the games.

    Their appearance at the event last Friday was the first time the couple had been seen together publicly on this side of the Atlantic for two years.

    At the indoor rowing, Harry sat next to David Wiseman, a director of the Invictus Games Foundation.

    Mr Wiseman told the PA news agency: "He was having an absolutely fantastic time, wasn't he? He was laughing, he was joking.

    "He loved the rowing and he was commenting on all the races. He's just having a blast at the games.

    "This is what he lives for. He thrives in this environment. He loves being around the armed forces community and he thrives whenever he's in it."

  • Joseph Gamp

    What did Harry reveal in his bombshell interview?

    In an interview with the TODAY programme, the Duke of Sussex sensationally revealed:

    • He wants the "right people" around to "protect" the Queen
    • For the "time being" his home is in the US
    • He doesn't know if he will come to the Queen's jubilee celebrations next month
    • The Queen tells him things she can't tell anyone else
    • He wants his kids to meet the Queen as soon as possible
    • Archie has inherited his "cheeky" side and interrupts his Zoom calls
    • He feels Princess Diana's presence more now than ever before
    • His mantra is to "make the world a better place" for his kids
    • Meghan Markle and Harry had tea with the Queen last week
    • He "of course" misses Wills and Charles after swerving the question initially

    Harry reveals what it is really like being married to Meghan

    PRINCE Harry has revealed what it is really like being married to Meghan Markle whilst the couple attend the Invictus Games.

    Speaking to People the Duke of Sussex revealed that having Meghan by his side 'means everything' to him.

    Prince Harry said: “There is nowhere you can feel more embraced and supported than with the Invictus family.

    “The Toronto Games were our first time out and about publicly in an official way. We were dating at the time, so it was a lot to take in, but fortunately, we were with the perfect community for that.”

    He added: “Now, five years later, here we are in The Hague at the fifth Invictus Games, as parents of two, and living in the U.S. I had always wanted to share these incredible moments with someone special, and to have Meg by my side means everything.”

    Prince Harry wants to 'protect' the Queen

    PRINCE Harry has revealed he wants the "right people" around the Queen to "protect" her despite living thousands of miles away in his new home in the US.

    The Duke of Sussex spoke about his meeting with his grandmother the Queen in the trailer clip for another bombshell interview to be aired on the Today Show later today.

    The 37-year-old said the 95-year-old monarch "always had a great sense of humour" after he met with her for the first time in months.

    The Sun exclusively revealed Harry returned to the UK and met with the Queen last week with his wife Meghan Markle.

    Speaking to US journalist Hoda Kotb, Harry said: "Being with her, it was great. It was just so nice to see her," Harry said of the secret visit.

    "You know she's on great form. She's always got a great sense of humor with me.

    "And I'm just making sure that she's, you know, protected and got the right people around her."

    He added: "Home for me now is, for the time being, it's in the States. And it really feels that way as well.

    "We've been welcomed with open arms and we've got such a great community up in Santa Barbara."

    'Some days it’s an astronaut'

    Prince Harry said: "When I talk to my son Archie about what he wants to be when he grows up, some days it’s an astronaut, other days it’s a pilot — a helicopter pilot obviously — or Kwazii from Octonauts," referring to a daredevil cat from a children’s cartoon.

    "But what I remind him is that no matter what you want to be when you grow up, it’s your character that matters most, and nothing would make his mum and me prouder than to see him have the character of what we see before us today."

    Speaking about the Invictus Games, he added: "Being a dad certainly adds another emotional layer to it.

    "When I was in the Army, I promised myself I would be out before having a wife and kids, because I couldn’t imagine the heartache of being apart for so long during deployment, the risk of possibly getting injured, and the reality that my family’s lives could be changed forever if that happened."

    • Louis Allwood

      Harry reveals Lilibet has taken her first steps & Archie wants to follow in his footsteps

      PRINCE Harry has revealed his daughter Lilibet has taken her first steps and is even trying to keep up with her big brother Archie.

      The Duke of Sussex, 37, said he “can’t wait” to take his children, aged two and ten months, to the Invictus Games in the future – and that his son wants to become a helicopter pilot.

      Lilibet, who according to her father is now walking, is yet to meet her family in the UK – including her namesake great-grandmother, The Queen.

      Meghan and Harry made a visit to Her Majesty last week without their children – before jetting off for the Invictus Games.

      The Duke, who is currently in The Hague, added he is a “proud papa” and that little Archie loved videos of wheelchair basketball and rugby that he showed him from the Invictus Games in Sydney in 2018.

      He told People magazine: “I showed him how some were missing legs and explained that some had invisible injuries, too.

      “Not because he asked, but because I wanted to tell him.

      "Kids understand so much, and to see it through his eyes was amazing because it’s so unfiltered and honest.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Queen has missed several events recently

      The monarch, who turns 96 on Thursday, has pulled out of several recent engagements at the last minute due to ongoing mobility issues.

      It was last week confirmed she would miss her Easter Sunday Service in Windsor, despite usually making an appearance.

      She also pulled out of Thursday's Maundy service at St George's Chapel, instead being represented by Prince Charles and Camilla.

      It was the first time he had taken his mother's place at the event, which marks an important fixture in the royal calendar, and highlighted his increasing role within the monarchy.

    • Louis Allwood

      Queen's 'mini-break' is a 'positive step'

      The Queen’s “mini-break” is a “positive step” showing that she is prepared to make the journey given her ongoing mobility issues, according to royal sources.

      And the move to Sandringham for her special day is so she can be "close" to her beloved late husband.

      An insider said: “The Queen decided very recently that on her birthday she wanted to be as close as possible to her late husband and in an environment that was very close to both of their hearts.

      “Sandringham holds so many special memories for the Queen and Prince Philip as well as the rest of the royal family.

      “It’s certainly a positive step that Her Majesty is feeling well enough and rested to enjoy her upcoming mini-break which she thoroughly deserves to celebrate her birthday.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Queen could meet Archie and Lilibet

      THE QUEEN could meet Archie and Lilibet at the Jubilee as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to attend the event at Buckingham Palace.

      The US-based pair are poised to take up the invitation to join the Royal Family for the traditional RAF flypast as crowds watch from The Mall.

      Sources suggest they may bring daughter Lilibet, ten months, for the first time alongside son, Archie, two.

      The news comes as Her Majesty prepares for her 96th birthday tomorrow.

      According to reports, the Monarch will travel from her Windsor residence to the royal family's estate in Norfolk to mark her special day.

      It is understood that she will be joined by other members of the family to celebrate her birthday over the weekend.

      And the Queen will stay at the Duke of Edinburgh's beloved former home where he retired in 2017, Wood Farm, reports the Mirror.

    • Louis Allwood

      Prince Harry breaks silence

      PRINCE Harry has broken his silence on his secret meeting with The Queen saying 'it was great to see' his 96-year-old grandmother during a quick stop-off at Windsor Castle.

      The Duke of Sussex also met his father Prince Charles, reportedly for just 15 minutes before arriving in Holland for the Invictus Games.  

      Harry said Her Majesty 'had plenty of messages for Team UK' ahead of the Invictus Games.

      He added he had passed these onto the team, telling the BBC: "So, it was great to see her and I'm sure she would love to be here if she could."

      The news comes as the couple could make a shock return for the Queen's Jubilee but according to reports they 'can't play any formal roles'.

      The Sussexes will however be "invited to join the Royal Family on the balcony" at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, sources have claimed.

      The pair have been invited to attend the Queen's celebration of 70 years on the throne during a four-day party.

      But if they do show up, they can't play any formal roles, sources told the Telegraph.

    • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

      The Queen will only confirm Jubilee events on the day

      It’s been reported the monarch’s mobility is reducing and she struggles to get around unaided.

      Buckingham Palace insist she intends to attend as many events as possible.

      The 96-year-old celebrates her Platinum Jubilee this year, marking 70 years on the throne; the longest for any monarch in British history.

      Reducing the number of events she will attend is one of the ways, the Queen is managing her reduced mobility as she reportedly doesn’t want to be seen in public in a wheelchair.

    • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

      Harry is keen to mend bridges with William

      A Royal expert claimed Harry wants to use a mediator to help with his ‘very, very difficult’ relationship with William

      It was reported much of the Royal family were hurt by Harry and Meghan leaving the UK for the US, but mainly due to their interview with Oprah Winfrey last March.

      Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl revealed Prince Harry has “made it very clear he would like to sort things out with his brother.”

      Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, she said: “Their relationship is at a bit of a crossroads.”

    • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

      William and Kate were warned against having more children

      Before having Prince Louis, the Cambridges were advised to use their platform to encourage smaller families.

      According to the Mirror, while on tour in Poland and Germany in 2017, the couple were handed a toy.

      George and Charlotte were four and two respectively at the time which led Kate to joke to Will: “We’ll just have to have more babies.”

      Having Kids, an organisation contacted the couple via open letter “respectfully” asking the Cambridges to “consider forgoing having a third child.”

      The executive director president, Anne Green Carter Dillard, said “the example the British Royal Family sets is extremely influential,” adding that they have the power to “make a sustainable small family.”

      Kate gave birth to Prince Louis in 2018.

    • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

      Even the Invictus Games can't distract from Prince Andrew shame

      Many have taken to social media to praise Meghan and Harry but the difference in treatment of Prince Andrew continues to be mentioned.

      The Royal family continue to receive criticism for the treatment of Harry and Meghan, particularly when compared to that of Prince Andrew.

    • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

      Harry and Meghan to join Queen at last Trooping the Colour

      Trooping the Colour has marked the reigning monarch’s official birthday for over 260 years.

      In recent years, the balcony at Buckingham Palace would contain the Queen, Prince Philip, their four children and their partners, their children and their partners and the monarch’s great-grandchildren.

      It’s reported that Prince Charles would change this when he ascends the throne. It’s thought that he would only have those in line to the throne i.e. the Cambridges and their children.

      The Queen, who turns 96 on Thursday, is therefore keen to have Meghan and Harry attend as it may well be the last one they can.

      The monarch’s mobility has also caused her to reduce official responsibilities she can carry out, so this may be her last Trooping the Colour.

    • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

      Camilla had ’empathy with Diana’

      A journalist and royal biographer is expected to reveal the struggles which Camilla faced when “adjusting to royal life and Charles’ schedule”.

      Tina Brown is writing ‘The Palace Papers’, which is due for released later this month.

      Speaking on the latest episode of Royally US, about the book, hosts Christina Garibaldi and Christine Ross discussed how Camilla began to feel “empathy” for Diana, Princess of Wales.

      Ms Garibaldi said: “She [Tina Brown] talks about how Camilla actually had a hard time adjusting to royal life and Charles’ schedule”

      Quoting Tina Brown, she said: Punctuality had never been Camilla’s strong suit but Charles expected her to be ready for engagements at his own regimented pace”.

      “When she [Camilla] asked him where they were going he would snap ‘haven’t you read the brief?”

    • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

      Golf buggies arrive at Windsor

      TWO more golf buggies have been delivered to Windsor Castle for The Queen, sparking health concerns.

      It comes after the Queen got one to help her move around the grounds. 

      Aides have been taking the monarch, 95, for spins in her private grounds — with her corgis next to her.

      The 43mph electric cart, dubbed the Queen Mobile, has been teed up to transport her around at her Berkshire home after months of medical woes.

      This follows news that the public must assume the Queen will not attend future events until confirmed by the Palace on the day, it is claimed.

      Her Majesty‘s presence at public engagements will be a bonus but not guaranteed under alleged new Palace plans following several health scares, including a brush with Covid.

    • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

      Harry says ‘we cannot steal your future’ and vows to ‘make world a better place’

      Prince Harry told child reporters “we cannot steal your future” as he vowed to make the world a better place in a kids’ TV interview on Sunday.

      The Duke of Sussex, 37, told Netherlands’ Kindercorrespondent he will “never ever, ever rest” until he has “at least tried” to build a fairer world for his kids.

      Speaking on day two of the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands, Harry said he wanted his daughter Lilibet, ten months, and son Archie, two, to grow up “in a fairer world, a safer world, a more equal world”.

      He told his interviewers, aged 11 and 12, “it’s not going to be easy” but “we cannot steal your future” as he knelt down for the chat.

      Asked what he wished for most for his children, the duke said: “It’s not going to be easy but I will never, ever, ever rest until I have as a parent at least tried to make the world a better place for them because it is our responsibility that the world is the way it is now.

      “I don’t think that we should be bringing children into the world unless we’re going to make that commitment to make it better for them. We cannot steal your future.”

    • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

      Harry says there will always be a need for the Invictus Games

      Prince Harry said there will always be a need for the Invictus Games for sick and injured military personnel and veterans.

      He explained more nations are being invited to participate to offer them a chance to ‘heal’.

      Speaking to the BBC he said: “With the state of the world right now, there is always going to be a need for it.”

    • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

      Andrew’s money woes are very different to the rest of ours

      Despite struggling financially, Andrew is staying put in his £1m-per-room property with indoor pool.

      Prince Andrew paid £12million out of court to settle the case brought against him by Virginia Giuffre after being accused of rape and other sexual offences.

      It’s thought most of the cash was put up by Prince Charles, 73, and his mother, the Queen, 95.

    • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

      The Queen had a great Easter, I’ll have you know

      The reigning monarch spent her first Easter without Prince Philip in excellent company.

      The Queen caught COVID from Prince Charles earlier this year and though thought to have recovered, her mobility is not what it used to be as can be expected at 96-years-old.

      Choosing not to make a public appearance this Easter, many wondered what the Queen would be doing to celebrate.

      Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrates 70 years on the throne this year, spent her Easter weekend with her granddaughter Princess Beatrice and her family, including the Queen’s great-granddaughter Sienna.

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