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Queen Elizabeth Backs Out Of Royal Engagement Due To Illness

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Jan. 23 2020, Updated 2:53 p.m. ET

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Get well soon, Queen Elizabeth II! On Wednesday, January 23, the 93-year-old backed out of her annual visit to the Women’s Institute in Norfolk because she was “not feeling up to it.”

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Her Majesty pulled out of the event thirty minutes before it started. A spokesperson for the Buckingham Palace informed Daily Mail that the Queen “has a slight cold” and that her condition was “no cause for alarm.”

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Since 1943, The Queen has attended the group meetings and rarely misses an engagement. The last time The Queen was severely ill was three years ago when she suffered a heavy cold. As a result, she missed the traditional Christmas Day church service, which she attended for nearly 30 years.

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In the last few weeks, The Queen has had a lot to deal with. Earlier this month, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, announced that they would be taking a step back from their royal duties. The couple explained that they will work to become financially independent and split their time between the United Kingdom and North America.

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” they began.

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“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment,” the statement read.

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Following lengthy discussions, The Queen shared that she was supportive of the couple’s decision to step down as senior members of the royal family.

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"Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family," Her Majesty said in a statement. "My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a

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