Queen Elizabeth II will miss the Highland Games event

Queen Elizabeth II is said to have pulled out of the Braemar Gathering Highland Games this weekend due to persistent problems standing and walking. Photo: Kirsty O’Connor / POOL/AFP
Source: AFP

Queen Elizabeth II will not attend a traditional highlight of her summer trip to Scotland due to ongoing health concerns, British media said on Friday.

The 96-year-old monarch has struggled with walking and standing problems since last year, forcing her to cancel a series of public engagements.

Fears of an upsurge in what royal officials call ‘episodic mobility issues’ have kept her from returning to London appoint a new prime minister.

The Queen was due to attend the Braemar Gathering near her remote Balmoral retreat in northeast Scotland this weekend.

A decision on his withdrawal was made for his comfort, British media reported, without citing sources.

The event, which always takes place on the first Saturday in September, is the most famous on the Highland Games circuit.

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Members of the royal family, including the monarch, have regularly attended the games since the mid-19th century, to witness feats of strength and endurance.

Events include the caber toss, in which kilted contestants strive to lift and toss a full-length Scots pine log.

Attendees this year – the first since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic – include the Queen’s eldest son and heir apparent, Prince Charles.

She is due to meet Boris Johnson at Balmoral on Tuesday to accept his formal resignation as prime minister.

She will also ask her replacement, either Foreign Secretary Liz Truss or former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, to form a new government.

Truss and Sunak are in the running to become the next leader of the Conservative Party. The winner is to be announced on Monday.

Source: AFP

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Jennifer R. Strohm