Since the weather has gotten warmer, many of us are heading outdoors to enjoy a bit of fresh air and the beautiful sunshine. And if you’re Queen England, it’s natural to expect more garden parties and outdoor engagements to commemorate the end of a long and dreary winter.
As Her Majesty stepped out in public in recent weeks, however, the world has noticed an unmistakable change in her appearance. While, in and of itself, this departure from the norm is no cause for concern. But, the fact that it’s the Queen makes it a different story altogether.
Royalty puts great stock in eye contact when speaking with someone, so the wearing of sunglasses is typically frowned upon when meeting and greeting others. So when the Queen appeared at a number of outdoor events wearing darkened eyewear, including the Royal Windsor Horse Show the week before Prince Harry's wedding, it caught the attention of royal-watchers everywhere.
Now we know that there’s a good reason for Her Majesty’s unexpected appearance, and it’s much more than a simple fashion statement. Buckingham Palace has just revealed that the Queen has, indeed, undergone a medical procedure on her eyes, resulting in the need for the protective shades.
As a concession to her advancing age, the Queen had surgery to remove cataracts from her eyes, a necessity to improve the quality of her vision. The 92-year-old Monarch underwent the procedure last month at the private King Edward VII Hospital in London.
A spokesperson from the Palace said, that the Queen “successfully underwent a short, planned procedure.” And nothing more. But the evidence of her recovery and ongoing good health is in the wonderful way the Queen looked in her appearances since.
“A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, leading to a decrease in vision. If left untreated, cataracts can cause blurry vision and eventually blindness. The condition may be hereditary.”
It’s interesting to note that the Queen’s own mother had the same operation at the age of 95, so it is definitely a family thing.
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II continues to astound us as she maintains a hectic schedule of royal engagements, and does so with the same grace, congeniality, and vigor as we’ve come to expect during her 66 years as head of the Commonwealth. It looks as though she has no intention of slowing down any time soon, and we couldn’t be happier!
To learn more about the Queen's successful operation, watch the video, below.