The Queen is given green light to take long rest

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former prime minister John Major said she would be “very keen to do things” after the royal walkabout The Queen has been given the green light to rest…

The Queen is given green light to take long rest

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former prime minister John Major said she would be “very keen to do things” after the royal walkabout

The Queen has been given the green light to rest for at least two weeks.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace told the BBC the Queen’s “healing” caused by her husband’s death last month was behind the decision.

He said the Queen “resembles herself” after the walkabout she hosted as she returned to Windsor on Friday after nine days in Sandringham.

“She’s very keen to do things,” said the spokesperson.

The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the long-term effects on her were not clear.

Is this a sign of things to come?

Asked what she saw on Monday when the Queen went to Windsor, a royal aide told the BBC: “She’s been to Windsor to see off the Duke of Edinburgh, and her schedule now will be very much as planned.”

Mr Major was asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme whether he agreed with the decision.

“I would have given her a break for a couple of weeks but to make the decision today and only be in Windsor for a couple of weeks is a bit of an overkill.

“She’s still going to be doing her duties. She’s in pretty good shape.”

Buckingham Palace confirmed on Friday the Queen will be back in Sandringham later in the week for a short break .

She was given the royal treatment as she arrived at Windsor for the first time since the Duke of Edinburgh, 95, died in London on 9 October.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The couple walked past hundreds of well-wishers carrying floral tributes and messages of condolence

More than 1,300 onlookers had gathered to welcome the Queen, Prince Philip and their grandson, Prince Charles, when she returned to Windsor for the first time since his death.

There were floral tributes, messages and flowers outside Windsor Castle – the Queen’s home – and she was driven around Windsor High Street.

Ms Kuenssberg tweeted: “Without a doubt one of the most important visits of the Queen’s reign today – whatever she does in the coming weeks, she will know she did a great job today.”

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It was also the Queen’s first public event since her husband’s death

How long did she spend in Windsor?

The Queen is spending the next few days meeting members of the Royal family, visiting schoolchildren and being shown around Windsor Castle before flying out to Balmoral, Scotland.

After that, she is expected to undertake about 15 royal engagements before Christmas, the spokesman said.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Before leaving London the Queen and Prince Philip also met crowds outside Kensington Palace

When will the Queen return to work?

The Queen’s former private secretary Sir Alan Reid said on Monday she would miss “a lot” of events, including these at Windsor.

The latest NHS figures show there has been a significant rise in the number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment in England since the NHS introduced the new policy on 1 April 2017.

The Queen’s private secretary, Sir Alan Reid, says the Queen “will miss a lot” of events, including these at Windsor

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Major said she would “still be doing her duties” when she returns to Windsor Castle

How do we react to this?

Photographs of the Queen walking with Prince Charles and other royals through Windsor Castle and greeting well-wishers were broadcast round the world.

Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP’s First Minister, told BBC Scotland that she felt the crowds had been supporting the Queen and Prince Philip’s “remarkable and complete bond of devotion”.

How do we feel about the Queen possibly getting rest for two weeks?

The event “told a powerful story”, said Caroline Lucas MP, the Green Party leader.

She tweeted: “Really feels like the week will never be the same. Here in Scotland, there are 609 citizens in hospital waiting 18 weeks or more. The last thing we need is a return to institutional politics.”

Mairtin O Muilleoir, a Sinn Fein member of the House of Commons, said: “You can only be honoured by and respect one life and those in power and the Queen is no exception.”

A YouGov poll also found 53% thought the Queen should take a couple of weeks off as she did in 2014 to go through a similar mourning period following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

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