Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most dedicated and professional rulers Britain has ever had. During her 66 years on the Throne, she has undoubtedly given more to the Commonwealth than any previous Sovereign. At 92 years of age, Her Majesty has stunned the world with her vigor and unfailing attendance at a multitude of engagements and events.
So when The Queen had to cancel an appearance on June 26th, her absence was all the more alarming.
Knowing the seriousness with which the Monarch treats her Royal duties, it is well-known that it takes a lot for her to bail out on the people expecting her to appear. So for The Queen to be absent from a major public appearance caused many around her to become concerned.
Even though she is known for her hearty constitution, the Queen has, on occasion, suffered from minor illnesses over the years that have caused her to step down from her duties. But not even an operation to remove cataracts last month caused her to miss a beat.
Now, just a few weeks later, she’s a no-show at a service at St Paul's Cathedral marking the 200th anniversary of the Order of St Michael and St George. And those who know her are concerned because she rarely misses something this important.
The world is hoping that we can just chalk it up to the inordinate number of family occasions that have occurred this year, from the birth of two new great-grandchildren - to the wedding of a beloved grandson - to her husband's recent surgery.
Even though most of the events have been happy ones, they still carried with them an exorbitant amount of wear-and-tear on one's emotions. And that means stress, and just maybe it's taken its toll on the Queen, leaving her body begging her to slow down a bit.
In an attempt to respond to the questions loyal subjects have about their beloved Queen, Buckingham Palace issued a statement about Her Majesty’s unexpected absence.
"The Queen is feeling under the weather today and has decided not to attend this morning's service at St Paul's Cathedral marking the 200th anniversary of the Order of St Michael and St George.
"Her Majesty will be represented by The Duke of Kent as Grand Master of the Order.”
Although the announcement was meant to reassure the public, there are some who doubt that we are getting the whole story. In addition, the words seemed only to serve as an unwelcome reminder of Queen Elizabeth’s mortality and that at 92 years of age, the day is certainly coming when the news won’t be so good.
One bit of reassuring news, however, in the midst of the worry for the Queen is that it was not necessary to call a doctor to attend the Queen during her illness, and her plans to escape to Windsor for the weekend are still a 'go.'
Please join us in praying for not only a full recovery from her 'summer cold' but also for continued hardiness, going forward, for both the Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh. We wish them many more years of robust good health and the ability to enjoy all the blessings that they have received in recent months.