(NewsGlobal.com)- On Saturday, Prince Charles and his sister Princess Anne filled in for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth during the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering, the annual exhibition of Scottish heritage and their traditional games.
Last week, the UK Daily Mail reported a source from Buckingham Palace said that due to her mobility issues, the 96-year-old Queen would not be in attendance, marking the first time in her reign that the Queen did not attend the annual event.
In recent weeks, the Prince of Wales has reportedly been visiting his mother more frequently, which some believe is a cause for concern.
The “source” who spoke with the Daily Mail described the Queen’s condition as “not what you would call ideal,” but added that the Queen “is 96 after all.”
The Queen is currently summering in Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
To further limit her travel, the Queen will not return to London to receive the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss. Instead, Truss will travel to Balmoral, marking the first time this all-important first meeting with a new Prime Minister is held in Scotland.
The Royal Highland Gathering is held in the village of Braemar, 60 miles west of Aberdeen and not far from Balmoral Palace.
The event, which dates back to 1832, has been regularly attended by the reigning monarch and members of the royal family since Queen Victoria first attended in 1848.
It was four years after Queen Victoria first attended the Braemar Gathering that her husband, Prince Albert, purchased Balmoral Palace for the Queen.
Queen Elizabeth is the patron of the event and has attended every year since she took the throne in 1952. The Braemar Gathering was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID pandemic.