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Queen Elizabeth Forced To Cancel An Engagement Because Of Illness

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By Clark Sparky

Amid the ongoing controversy surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Queen Elizabeth has come down with a cold and was forced to cancel a royal engagement on Thursday.

The 93-year-old was scheduled for her annual visit to the Sandringham branch of the Women's Institute in Norfolk, but fell ill and could not attend.

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She didn't cancel until about a half-hour before she was slated to arrive, which caused some concern. But sources tell The Daily Mail that there is "no cause for alarm."

From PopCulture.com:

She has attended the meetings since 1943 and took over as President from the Queen Mother. During her yearly visit to the Women's Institute, the queen typically enjoys tea and cake with members of the association. She also listens to a speech delivered by a guest, with this year's speech set to be delivered by BBC News At Ten Presenter Huw Edwards, who called it "daunting and exciting."

The Queen is the longest ruling monarch in British history, but at 93 she recently made the decision to cut down her workload and hand some duties off to other members of the royal family.

"At the end of the Queen's 90th birthday year, Her Majesty will step down as patron from a number of national organisations," the Palace said in a statement a couple years ago. "Her Majesty will continue to serve as patron to hundreds of charities and institutions but will now share this work with her family. Many of the organisations listed below already have other members of the Royal Family as vice-patrons or presidents, which will ensure a smooth transition.

"This decision follows the example set by the Duke of Edinburgh who resigned from a number of patronages on the occasion of his 90th birthday in 2011," the statement added.

She continued:

I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.

I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.

It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.

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