One of the few people who has actually seen Queen Elizabeth II in person recently says she is doing "very well."
Today's Remembrance Sunday ceremony was to be the Queen's return to public work following a hospital stay in late October. But she had to cancel the appearance after spraining her back. Now, Boris Johnson has offered the latest on the Queen's condition.
Boris Johnson says Queen Elizabeth is doing "very well"
On Sunday night, the UK Prime Minister spoke at 9 Downing Street and addressed the Queen's recent health scares.
Per the Mirror, Johnson said: "I just wanted to reassure everybody that I did see the Queen for an audience at Windsor on Wednesday and she's very well."
He added: "It shouldn't need saying but I wanted to say so anyway." The PM would be among the few to have seen the Queen in person since her hospital stay on Oct. 21. She hasn't appeared in public since before that time.
We still don't know why the Queen was originally hospitalized, either. At the time, the Palace said it was for "preliminary investigations," but there never was a specific update.
PA Media also reported that the Queen's injury is thought to be unrelated to the earlier health scare that made doctors advise her to rest for a few weeks. It's also unknown how she sprained her back.
So far, the Palace's only statement today said: "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."
It added that: "Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service." The event went ahead without the Queen, and a solemn Prince Charles laid a wreath on her behalf.
We continue to wish the Queen a speedy recovery.