LONDON — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was placed under medical supervision Thursday as her family rushed to Scotland to be by her side after doctors became concerned for the 96-year-old monarch’s health.
“Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
It added that the nation’s much-loved figurehead “remained comfortable” at Balmoral, the castle in Scotland where she spends her summers.
Prince William is making the journey, but his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge has remained at their home in Windsor, because their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are on their first full day at their new school, Kensington Palace said.
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will also be traveling to Scotland, a spokesperson for the couple said. They had been in Europe anyway.
They will be joined by Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, as well as Princess Anne, who was already in Scotland. Prince Andrew is also traveling to Scotland, meaning all the queen’s children will be present.
The growing fears for the queen’s health came less than 24 hours after she canceled a meeting with the Privy Council — her formal body of advisers that includes Britain’s new leader, Liz Truss — after being advised by doctors to rest.
The queen formally appointed Truss as prime minister earlier this week at Balmoral, the first time in her 70-year reign that she had performed the ceremonial royal duty anywhere but at Buckingham Palace in London.
“The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime,” Truss said on Twitter Thursday.
“My thoughts — and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom — are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.”