Queen advised to rest following 'full day' appointing new Prime Minister

The 96-year-old monarch, who has struggled with mobility issues, was forced to cancel a Privy Council meeting.

Queen advised to rest by doctors after ‘full day’ at Balmoral appointing new Prime Minister Liz Truss Royal Family

The Queen has been advised to rest following a “full day” at Balmoral Castle on Tuesday, in which she appointed Liz Truss the new Prime Minister.

In a break with tradition, the 96-year-old monarch invited the new Prime Minister to form a government at her Scottish holiday home.

Usually, the prime minister and their successor have an audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, however due to mobility issues, the Queen met with outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Truss at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire instead. 

It was the first time during the Queen’s 70-year reign that the prime minister has not been appointed at Buckingham Palace.

On Wednesday, the Queen was due to hold the Privy Council virtually, in which Truss would have taken her oath as First Lord of the Treasury.

New cabinet ministers would have also been sworn into their roles, and also made privy counsellors if not already appointed as one in the past.

However a Palace spokesperson said doctors had advised the Queen “to rest”.

The spokesman said: “After a full day yesterday, Her Majesty has this afternoon accepted doctors’ advice to rest.

“This means that the Privy Council meeting that had been due to take place this evening will be rearranged.”

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