Queen, 95, will NOT step back from royal duties but will ‘pace’ her engagements and it’s ‘patronising’ to suggest she should retire, Her Majesty’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter claims

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  • Royal expert Dickie Arbiter says the Queen will not step down but will pace herself
  • Appearing at the GMB this morning he said the monarch would ‘pace himself’ instead
  • The royal canceled a trip to Northern Ireland this week following medical advice to rest for the next few days

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Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter has said the Queen will not step down despite concerns about her health after she canceled a trip to Northern Ireland this week following medical advice to rest for the next few days.

Speaking on GMB this morning, the Queen’s former press secretary, 95, told Richard Madley and Susanna Reid that anyone asking the monarch to retire was “conservation and fighting with fire”.

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Instead, Dickie, 81, suggested that the Queen ask officials to ‘speed up’ her engagements as she continues her duties as sovereign.

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Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter has said the Queen will not step down despite concerns over her health after she canceled a trip to Northern Ireland this week following medical advice to rest for the next few days (seen in Cardiff last week)

Speaking on ITV today, Dickie said: ‘The Queen made her feelings very clear when she asked the “Oldie Awards” to close.

‘Remembrance day is approaching and her diary is sacred. To suggest that she retreat, protection and fighting fire – the Queen will instead ask her officers to intensify their engagements.’

Explaining why the Queen would not step down, he continued: ‘During her coronation she made a vow in the sight of God, and you cannot compare that promise to the Pope’s retirement.

‘The queen has been very loud a few days ago, which is why doctors probably advised her to cancel her upcoming trip. That’s a lot to ask of anyone at any age – even when she’s not at an engagement there’s paperwork to go to the monarch.’

He concluded: ‘Buckingham Palace officials will be watching very carefully the pace of his engagements. That’s all Charles, William and Kate can do.’

Dickie, 81, suggested the Queen would ask officials to

Dickie, 81, suggested the Queen would ask officials to “speed up” her engagements as she continues her duties as sovereign.

However biographer Angela Levine argued that the Queen is grappling with feelings of guilt, and should be encouraged to step down.

She said: ‘The Queen feels very guilty because she promised at the age of 21 that she would be Queen until she died, but the Pope made the same vow and has since retired.

‘Things have changed since the royal made that promise and people live longer these days.

‘The Queen is incredibly alert but it’s too much for her physically – at the moment it’s a battle between mind and body – she should be encouraged to back away slowly.’

Arguing that the Queen should retire in June after the Platinum Jubilee, which marks 70 years on the throne, Angela said: ‘The Queen needs to look after herself and make allowances.

‘Prince Philip said the same thing when he retired and allowed himself a break. We should all encourage the queen to step back and enjoy the rest of her life.’

Angela Levine argues that the Queen is battling with feelings of guilt, and should be encouraged to step down

Angela Levine argues that the Queen is battling with feelings of guilt, and should be encouraged to step down

Richard Madley and Susannah Reid discuss the news that the Queen had canceled her trip to Northern Ireland after 'reluctantly accepting medical advice to rest for the next few days'.

Richard Madley and Susannah Reid discuss the news that the Queen had canceled her trip to Northern Ireland after ‘reluctantly accepting medical advice to rest for the next few days’.

The Queen canceled her visit to Northern Ireland on Wednesday after reluctantly accepting medical advice to rest for the next few days.

The emperor – who has been seen using a stick in engagements over the past week – is said to be in good spirits but is disappointed at not being able to complete the two-day yatra, which was to begin tomorrow .

The Queen has had a few busy days and hosted a major global investment summit at Windsor Castle last evening. They also got engaged last week at the Welsh Senade in Cardiff and Westminster Abbey in London.

Queen Elizabeth II meets attendees at the Global Investment Conference delegation reception at Windsor Castle on Tuesday

Queen Elizabeth II meets attendees at the Global Investment Conference delegation reception at Windsor Castle on Tuesday

The Queen in Cardiff on 14 October

14 October - Queen Elizabeth II uses a walking stick at the opening ceremony of the Welsh Senade in Cardiff

14 October – Queen Elizabeth II uses a walking stick at the opening ceremony of the Welsh Senade in Cardiff

The Queen is now resting at Windsor Castle and at this stage is still expected to host a reception for the Cop26 conference in Scotland on 1 November, although it is likely a consideration will be taken closer to the time.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said in a statement released after 11am today: ‘The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days.

‘Her Majesty is in good spirits and disappointed that she will no longer be able to tour Northern Ireland, where she was due to perform several events today and tomorrow. The Queen sends her warm wishes to the people of Northern Ireland, and looks forward to visiting in the future.’

A royal source said there was ‘no reason to caution’ about the Queen’s health – and her decision is not believed to be related to the coronavirus. His condition has not been disclosed.

The Queen has been double-vaccinated, the first given to her by a home doctor at Windsor Castle on 9 January and the second in late March before her first public appearance in five months.

Buckingham Palace would not comment on whether the head of state had received her booster Covid-19 jab, but given her age it is likely she has already had it.

Rani’s engagement in the last fortnight

October 6 – Met members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery to mark the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the A and B batteries at Windsor Castle

October 7 – Prince Edward and the Queen attend the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay for the XXII Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022 at Buckingham Palace

October 10She visits The Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor as she returns to church on Sunday morning

October 12 – The Queen uses a walking stick to attend a service at Westminster Abbey in London

October 13 –Dame Imogen Cooper presents…

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