When the Queen, now 93 years old, was just 21, she said: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.” To this day, she has held firm to this pledge, working tirelessly throughout the decades. The Queen is the world’s longest-serving head of state, and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
But over the years, the Queen has had to take some time off for minor health procedures – including a successful cataract procedure in 2018.
Instead of taking the usual period of four to six weeks to recover, the Queen simply donned a pair of sunglasses and headed back to work – and she didn’t cancel or postpone any engagements at all.
Back in 2003, the Queen underwent a “minor operation” on her right knee at the King Edward VII Hospital to remove a torn cartilage.
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Buckingham Palace released a statement which said: “The Queen is expected to be fully active again within a few weeks.
“Her Majesty will rest at Sandringham over the next two weeks and will then resume a limited programme of engagements until she has made a full recovery.”
Now, the Queen’s knee is said to be troubling her again but this time she is refusing to take time off to get surgery.
Her troubles were reported again in 2018 and, having taken no time off since then, are certain to be worse than ever.
But amid the ongoing turmoil facing the country at this time, the Queen is remaining steadfast in her role as the one constant the country can rely on.
A Palace source said last year: “She was talking to friends at the Chelsea Flower Show and said her knees were playing up.
“But she is reluctant to have an op due to the time it would take to recover. She is incredibly brave.
“People from her and Philip’s generation battle through problems and carry on. And Her Majesty doesn’t like to cause any fuss.”
The Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, 98, retired from royal duties in 2017.