Queen will take ‘time off’ before Christmas despite attending christening

Queen to take 'quite a bit of time off' says royal expert

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Royal expert Russell Myers was welcomed onto Lorraine on Monday morning to discuss the Queen’s attendance at a family christening over the weekend. The monarch attended the service at Windsor on Sunday after nearly a month’s absence from public duties amid health precautions. However, Russell suggested the royal will still be taking lots of time off in the build up to Christmas.

Keen to know more about the Queen’s latest outing, Lorraine Kelly quizzed Russell about the christening.

“There was a double christening wasn’t there of two of her great-grandchildren,” the presenter said.

Russell enthused: “There was! Quite an unprecedented event. I mean, it’s believed to be the first time it’s ever happened.

“It was a christening of Princess Eugenie’s son August and Zara and Mike Tindall’s son Lucas,” he explained.

Chatting to Lorraine, the royal expert made it clear he was pleased to see the Queen attending the christening.

Russell commented: “She was well enough to get in the car, she had a fantastic green outfit on, just down the road to the All Saints Chapel at Windsor Castle.

“All the family were getting together and I think this is a fantastic scene that the Queen was able to get up.

“Her back is feeling better,” the royal expert added.

However, the royal expert suggested that despite her appearance at the family event, the Queen will likely take more time off before the festive period.

Russell said: “I think she’s still going to take quite a bit of time off leading up to Christmas.

“We will all just wish her well getting back to full fitness in order to welcome the family at Sandringham for Christmas.

“So, you know, all smiles all round and good news that the Queen was able to make it,” he said.

“That is good,” Lorraine agreed, commenting that it would have felt “strange” if the Queen didn’t attend the service.

She continued: “It would have been a shame actually if she hadn’t managed to go to the christening, especially a double one like that.

“Family first as they always say. You have to put your family first,” the presenter said.

This comes after the Queen recently took some time off after a brief hospital stay.

The monarch pulled out of her duties at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph on 11 November.

However, she returned to official engagements on Wednesday last week with a face-to-face audience with Gen Sir Nick Carter, the outgoing head of the armed forces.

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.

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