'No cause for alarm' for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

'No cause for alarm' for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

Speculation amongst Buckingham Palace staff was rampant last night as the Queen's most senior aides called her entire household to an emergency meeting today.

Officials at the palace have not said what this morning's meeting, reported to involve all senior staff from across the United Kingdom, is about.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip stand on the balcony of Roemer townhall in Frankfurt, Germany in 2015.

It is reported that "all-staff" meetings do happen from time to time and are not unprecedented.

BBC Royal Correspondent has posted on facebook that the meeting is "not expected" to be about either the Queen or Prince Philip.

The Queen met Theresa May on Wednesday to formally agree to the dissolution of parliament before June's election, while Philip opened a new stand at Lord's cricket ground in central London.

By the time that news reached France, Prince Philip was apparently dead. and millions of people waited for Buckingham Palace to wake up and confirm it (except, one would assume, most Brits, who should have been asleep themselves).

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Many have expressed concern, however, that she still conducts well over 300 engagements every year.

Royal sources said before the meeting there was "no cause for alarm" about the couple's health but gave no further indication as to the reason for the meeting.

In the past Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has suffered heart problems but has maintained a vigorous public schedule.

The Queen's consort will retire from royal engagements in the autumn after more than 65 years supporting the Queen in her role as head of state and attending events for his own charities and organisations.

They confirmed a meeting was taking place at the palace.

Even her longest serving staff were left in the dark about why the meeting was being called but multiple sources said it was "highly unusual" and had sparked fevered talk about an imminent announcement concerning the monarch or her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Both the Prince and Queen have had health scares in the past.

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