The Queen insists the meeting with the new Prime Minister will go ahead as usual, despite mobility issues

It’s “Buckingham Palace at Balmoral” as the Queen insists the meeting with the new PM will go on as usual, despite her mobility issues

  • Prince Charles attended the Queen’s beloved Braemar Gathering in her stead
  • Insiders say she is ready to welcome the new PM to Balmoral on Tuesday
  • Boris Johnson will travel to meet the Queen before leaving office
  • It will be the first time she has welcomed a new Prime Minister to her native Scotland

The Queen’s meeting with the new Prime Minister this week will go on as usual despite her mobility issues, The Mail on Sunday are able to reveal.

Concern was expressed after she failed to attend her beloved Braemar meeting yesterday, with Prince Charles representing her.

But insiders say she stayed away to ensure she is in the best of health to welcome her 15th Prime Minister to Balmoral on Tuesday.

It will be the first time the Queen has welcomed a new Prime Minister there – but the arrangement is ‘BP [Buckingham Palace] coming to Balmoral,’ said an insider.

Despite mobility issues, the Queen is said to insist Prince Charles will not attend the ceremony. It did mean, however, that Her Majesty thought it wiser to rest yesterday.

Instead, Charles, known in Scotland as the Duke of Rothesay, represented his mother at the Highland Games.

Concerns have been raised about the Queen's health after she failed to attend her beloved Braemar meeting yesterday, with Prince Charles representing her

Concerns have been raised about the Queen’s health after she failed to attend her beloved Braemar meeting yesterday, with Prince Charles representing her

Insiders say the Queen (pictured in June) stayed away to ensure she was in the best of health to welcome her 15th Prime Minister to Balmoral on Tuesday

Insiders say the Queen (pictured in June) stayed away to ensure she was in the best of health to welcome her 15th Prime Minister to Balmoral on Tuesday

Yesterday the Duke and Duchess of Sussex landed in the UK but are not expected to visit the Queen in Scotland. Meghan will speak at the opening ceremony of the One Young World summit in Manchester tomorrow and the couple will fly to Dusseldorf for a countdown to next year’s Invictus Games, Harry’s Paralympics tournament for wounded and injured service personnel.

On Tuesday, Boris Johnson – who is stepping down after three years at No. 10 – will travel to meet the Queen first. The monarch will then hold a private audience with the new Prime Minister in Balmoral’s drawing room. An image, but no video footage, will be posted.

And the next day, a “virtual” Privy Council meeting is scheduled to take place via video call. The new setting for the “Kiss Hands” meeting was decided to save the 96-year-old monarch the 1,000-mile round trip to Buckingham Palace.

Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson will travel to Scotland to meet the Queen before she holds a private audience with the new leader

Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson will travel to Scotland to meet the Queen before she holds a private audience with the new leader

At yesterday’s Braemar Gathering, the Prince of Wales used pruning shears to cut a heather rope and unveiled a new £80,000 archway to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.

Charles and Camilla applauded as host Robert Lovie said: “We miss her presence.” The Queen was resting in nearby Balmoral. Peter Fraser, President of the Braemar Royal Highland Society, said: “We were saddened but understood that the Queen could not come having been a worthy patron all these 70 years.”

Charles, wearing a kilt, and Camilla, in a jacket and hat, later watched as the competitors tossed the log. The games at Braemar have been held since 1832. Other Balmoral traditions continued as usual. The Mail on Sunday understands the Ghillies Ball will go ahead, albeit without the Queen in attendance.

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Andrew Kugle

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