The world ‘fears for the Queen’: Concern for Her Majesty’s health dominates global news websites

On Thursday, news about growing concerns over the health of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II dominated the front pages of newspapers around the world.

Buckingham Palace said his doctors were “concerned” for his health and recommended that he remain under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle. The 96-year-old head of state – Britain’s longest-serving monarch – has been battling health issues since last year that have left her unable to walk and stand.

The Queen – a figure instantly recognizable to billions around the world – is in her platinum jubilee year, marking 70 years since she succeeded her father, King George VI in 1952.

All of his children – heir to the throne Prince Charles, 73, Princess Anne, 72, Prince Andrew, 62, and Prince Edward, 58, were either at Balmoral or on their way to Balmoral, royal officials said. Prince William and Prince Harry – are either already by his side or on their way, according to reports.

Newspapers across the Commonwealth – from Canada to Australia – and across Europe – including France, Spain, Germany and Italy – along with countless others around the world shared the news with their readers on Thursday.

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News of growing concerns over the health of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (pictured on Tuesday waiting to receive Prime Minister Liz Truss for an audience at Balmoral) hit newspaper front pages around the world today today.

Newspapers across the Commonwealth - from Canada to Australia - and across Europe - including France, Spain, Germany and Italy - along with countless others around the world shared the news with their readers on Thursday.  Pictured: Australia's Sydney Morning Herald broke news on Thursday that the Queen is being treated by doctors

Newspapers across the Commonwealth – from Canada to Australia – and across Europe – including France, Spain, Germany and Italy – along with countless others around the world shared the news with their readers on Thursday. Pictured: Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald broke news on Thursday that the Queen is being treated by doctors

CANADA: The Toronto Star tells its readers that doctors are

CANADA: The Toronto Star tells its readers that doctors are “concerned” about the Queen’s health

GERMANY: Bild, a German tabloid, presented on Thursday the

GERMANY: Bild, a German tabloid, featured ‘fear for the Queen’ on its website on Thursday

ITALY: La Repubblica newspaper in Italy reported that the Queen's family were converging on Balmoral Castle in Scotland

ITALY: La Repubblica newspaper in Italy reported that the Queen’s family were converging on Balmoral Castle in Scotland

SPAIN: Spanish newspaper El Pais reports that doctors have expressed their

SPAIN: Spanish newspaper El Pais reports that doctors have expressed “deep concern” about the Queen’s health

SPAIN: Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia also used the Queen's image at Balmoral Castle on Tuesday

SPAIN: Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia also used the Queen’s image at Balmoral Castle on Tuesday

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ITALY: Ansa – the Italian news agency – published the same photo as Bild and several other newspapers. As Bild headlined, Ana broke the news of fears over the Queen’s health, while noting that “all the children (are) at her bedside”.

The World, France

TV2, Norway

Left: French newspaper Le Monde reports that the UK is ‘suspended’ over the Queen’s health. Right: Norway’s TV2 quotes an expert as saying the situation is “very dire”

On Wednesday, the Queen pulled out of a scheduled meeting with her top political advisers, after being told to rest. The day before, she held audiences at her retreat to the Scottish Highlands, Balmoral, with outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and named his successor, Liz Truss.

Several European newspapers published a photo of the smiling Queen which was taken as she waited to receive Truss on Tuesday. The monarch, pictured holding a cane in the drawing room of Balmoral Castle in Scotland, was shown beaming ahead of the occasion.

Bild, a German tabloid, featured the words “fear for the queen” in the photo on its website on Thursday. Likewise, Ansa – the Italian news agency – published the same image. As Bild headlined, Ana broke the news of fears over the Queen’s health, while noting that “all the children (are) at her bedside”.

The French newspaper Liberation chose a photo of the queen sitting on the royal throne. He reported that “Prince Harry and his wife Meghan” were visiting Balmoral Castle on Thursday afternoon.

FRANCE: The headline of French newspaper Le Figaro on Thursday read:

FRANCE: The headline of French newspaper Le Figaro on Thursday read: “Queen Elizabeth II’s doctors ‘concerned’ about her health”

FRANCE: The Liberation newspaper features a photo of the Queen on the throne on its homepage on Thursday

FRANCE: The Liberation newspaper features a photo of the Queen on the throne on its homepage on Thursday

FRANCE: The Parisian newspaper Le Parisien reported that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were going to Balmoral

FRANCE: The Parisian newspaper Le Parisien reported that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were going to Balmoral

NETHERLANDS: Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that the Queen's family were by her side due to health issues

NETHERLANDS: Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that the Queen’s family were by her side due to health issues

PORTUGAL: Portuguese 'Expresso' website features story on protocol in place if Queen's reign ends

PORTUGAL: Portuguese ‘Expresso’ website features story on protocol in place if Queen’s reign ends

SWEDEN: Swedish media outlet Aftonbladet also said the Queen's

SWEDEN: Swedish media outlet Aftonbladet also said the Queen’s “entire family” were on their way to her bedside. He also reported that the BBC had suspended regular programming

Newspapers across the United States joined those across the pond in featuring the queen’s news prominently on their websites. The New York Times has published an article detailing the number of prime ministers the Queen has seen ‘come and go’ during her long reign, the latest being Liz Truss.

Broadcaster Fox News said doctors had given “disturbing news” about the Queen’s health, while The Washington Post reported that her “family was walking by her side”.

Their reports came as US Ambassador to the UK Jane Hartley sent her “thoughts and chatter” to Her Majesty. “I join the people of the UK, the US and around the world in sending our thoughts and prayers to Her Majesty The Queen and her family,” she said.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday: “Following a further assessment this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remains under medical supervision.”

“The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral,” the palace added.

The Palace’s statement on the Queen’s health is highly unusual. “The Palace does not issue bulletins on the Queen’s health unless it is significant,” royal commentator and author Robert Hardman told the BBC.

In February, she was brought down by a bout of Covid, which she later admitted had left her ‘exhausted’.

Officially, the palace only said the queen was suffering from “episodic mobility issues”, but gave no further details.

Russian news agencies also disseminated the information.  Pictured: RIA Novosti, Russia's state-run news agency, reports that Queen Elizabeth's children

Russian news agencies also disseminated the information. Pictured: RIA Novosti, Russia’s state-run news agency, reports that Queen Elizabeth’s children ‘came to her castle’ on Thursday

She spent an unscheduled night in central London hospital in October 2021 and was advised to slow down.

She withdrew from ceremonial engagements, delegating more to Charles, including the official opening of Parliament and the Trooping the Color military parade to mark his official birthday.

Moments before Thursday’s announcement, memos were delivered to Truss and key members of his team in parliament, urging them to leave the chamber.

Truss tweeted almost immediately afterwards: “The whole country will be deeply concerned about the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime,” she added. “My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our UK – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.”

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