Buckingham Palace keeps the world on tenterhooks

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Queen Elizabeth: what’s up in Buckingham Palace?

The world awaits news from Britain’s royal family, after an unusual emergency meeting of all workers at the  ‘royal household’, the Buckingham Palace was fixed for this morning.

As the hashtag #BuckinghamPalace trended on Twitter and other social media platforms,  on what could be the reason for the emergency meeting,  the Palace told local reporters that there is “no cause for concern”.

There have been all kinds of speculations, as the world is kept on tenterhooks,  about what could have warranted the unusual  meeting scheduled for 10 a.m.

Both  Queen Elizabeth  and her husband, Philip are old and this in turn  has fuelled suspicions about just anything.

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“There’s no cause for alarm,” a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

The queen, the world’s longest-reigning living monarch celebrated her 91st birthday in April.

Philip turns 96 next month.

Elizabeth met Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday to formally agree to the dissolution of parliament ahead of June’s election while Philip opened a new stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground in central London.

The Mail reported that the royal staff would be addressed by the Lord Chamberlain, the most senior officer of the Royal Household, and the queen’s private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt.

The BBC said the meeting would take place at 10 a.m. (5.00 a.m. ET).

Buckingham Palace had no comment on the Mail report but the source said such all-staff meetings did occur occasionally.

There was no detail about what the meeting would address.

Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952 and polls show she remains hugely popular among Britons.

She and Philip are due to celebrate their platinum, or 70th, wedding anniversary in November.

Inspite of their age, the couple continue to carry out hundreds of official duties although they have cut back on their workload in recent years, passing on many responsibilities to son and heir Prince Charles, and grandsons, Princes William and Harry.

The queen missed a traditional Christmas church service in 2016 for the first time in decades due to a heavy cold and was hospitalised in March 2013 with symptoms of gastroenteritis, the first time she had needed hospital treatment in a decade.

While her father, George VI, died at 56, her mother lived until 101 and was still appearing in public almost up until her death in 2002.

Philip underwent “an exploratory operation following abdominal investigations” in 2013.

He was also hospitalised for a bladder infection during the queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations the year before, and spent Christmas 2011 in hospital where he underwent an operation to clear a blocked heart artery after suffering chest pains.


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