Queen Elizabeth's year of ill health

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, 96, has cancelled a series of public engagements on medical advice since last October. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON - Britain's Queen Elizabeth has been dogged by health problems since spending a night in a central London hospital last October.

The 96-year-old monarch has since cancelled a series of public engagements on medical advice.

October 2021

The Queen is seen using a walking stick during a service at Westminster Abbey on Oct 12, the first time she has done so at a major public event.

She pulls out of a two-day trip to Northern Ireland and is advised to rest on medical grounds, Buckingham Palace announces on Oct 20.

The next day, the Palace said the Queen has gone to a private London hospital for "preliminary investigations" and is admitted overnight.

On Oct 26, the Palace says she has resumed "light duties".

November 2021

The Queen is seen driving a car at her Windsor Castle home west of London on Nov 1.

But she pulls out of the UN climate change summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on doctors' "advice to rest" and misses the annual Remembrance Sunday event on Nov 14 due to a "sprained back".

Feb 20, 2022

The Queen tests positive for Covid-19 after resuming in-person audiences at Windsor Castle. Buckingham Palace says she has "mild, cold-like symptoms".

She is later overheard saying: "It does leave one very tired and exhausted, doesn't it?"

March 2022

The Queen pulls out of the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

But she attends the March 29 memorial service there for her late husband Prince Philip, who died the year before aged 99.

April 2022

The Queen misses the traditional Maundy Thursday religious service.

May 2022

The Queen misses the ceremonial State Opening of Parliament on May 10 due to "episodic mobility problems" - only the third time she has done so since 1952.

Her heir Prince Charles takes on her role.

June 2022

The Queen misses significant Platinum Jubilee events for her 70th year on the throne, including a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, making only two public appearances.

She also misses the flat-racing event The Derby at Epsom on June 4.

September, 2022

The Queen misses the traditional Braemar Gathering Highland Games event near Balmoral on the first weekend of September.

She formally appoints Liz Truss as the 15th Prime Minister of her reign on Sept 6 and is photographed standing up to shake her hand.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth formally appointed Ms Liz Truss as the 15th Prime Minister of her reign at Balmoral on Sept 6, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS

She carries out the ceremony at Balmoral in Scotland for the first time, instead of Buckingham Palace.

On Sept 7, she pulls out of a planned meeting with senior political advisers after being told to rest.

On Sept 8, Buckingham Palace issues a highly unusual bulletin on the monarch's health, stating that doctors are concerned and have recommended she "remain under medical supervision".

The statement adds that "the queen remains comfortable at Balmoral". AFP

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