Queen ‘knackered’ from dinners with pals, says royal source after health scare

The Queen is "knackered" after feasting on too many lunches and dinners with pals – and late night telly, Royal sources say.

A source close to HRH said last week’s health scare which resulted in an overnight hospital stay was triggered by fatigue due to the 95-year-old Royal’s punishing work and personal schedule.

"She is knackered,’’ the source said.

She has undertaken 19 engagements this month including opening of the Scottish and Welsh parliaments, sending out the Commonwealth Games baton from Buckingham Palace, marking the Royal British Legion's centenary at Westminster Abbey and welcoming New Zealand's incoming governor-general Cindy Kiro.

On Tuesday evening she was on her feet for an hour helping Prime Minister Boris Johnson schmooze US climate envoy John Kerry, Microscoft founder Bill Gates and a host of international billionaires after the Global Investment Summit.

On top of that she has had a constant flow of lunches and dinners with family and friends because the Queen "does not want to dine alone", the source said.

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A source who knows her says she enjoys getting together around the TV with Mabel Anderson, 95, the royal nanny who looked after the Queen's children and lives on the Windsor estate.

Her Maj is a lover of late-night shows – particularly at weekends.

She is a devoted Line Of Duty fan and enjoyed discussing the complex plots of the BBC's police drama with one of her closest aides.

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Last month she stayed up late to watch Brit teen tennis ace Emma Raducanu win the US Open, firing off a post-11pm message to the new champ hailing her "remarkable achievement".

At Tuesday's reception – the night before she was hospitalised – she told Mr Kerry she had spotted him on the BBC's Sunday night broadcast of Prince William's Earthshot awards ceremony.

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After isolating at Windsor during the pandemic and losing the Duke of Edinburgh, her companion of 73 years, in April, the Queen has said she wants to keep busy.

She is determined to honour her work commitments and clocking up private meals with family and friends because she does not want to eat alone. One courtier admitted it had been "too much".

Another source said she was "fine but needs the rest".

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Royal historian Hugo Vickers, who has helped plan events for her previous jubilees, said: "The problem is that the Queen does not want to disappoint people. She can say no to people but by and large she doesn't. What you've got to do is pace her.’’

HRH has reportedly given up her lunchtime gin and Dubonnet and evening Martini on medical advice.

She is expected to lead the Royals’ turnout at next month’s COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.

Buckingham Palace insists she remains in "good spirits" and it was "business as usual".

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