Moment Nadhim Zahawi passed note to Liz Truss about the Queen’s health


This is the moment Nadhim Zahawi passed a note to Liz Truss informing her of the dramatic developments in the Queen’s health in the House of Commons.

The pair can be seen in footage engaged in intense conversation on the government front bench, just minutes after the PM had unveiled her energy bailout plan to MPs.

Mr Zahawi, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster – the portfolio of land, property and assets held by the Queen – quietly entered the chamber as the debate continued, and took a seat next to the premier.

Ms Truss – who was only appointed PM by the Queen in the ‘kissing hands’ ceremony two days ago – wore a look of consternation.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also appeared to be apprised of developments by his deputy Angela Rayner, with rumours quickly spreading through the chamber and Parliament. 

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle told MPs shortly afterwards: ‘I know I speak on behalf of the entire House when I say that we send our best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen and that she and the royal family are in our thoughts and prayers at this moment.’ 

Close members of the Royal Family have raced to Balmoral to be with the monarch.

The Queen waits in the Drawing Room before receiving Liz Truss for an audience at Balmoral, Scotland on Tuesday. Today she is under the supervision of doctors amid concerns about her health

Mr Zahawi, who was just this week appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the portfolio of land, property and assets held by the Queen, was tasked with informing the premier and was seen briefing her on the front bench for several minutes before leaving

Mr Zahawi, who was just this week appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the portfolio of land, property and assets held by the Queen, was tasked with informing the premier and was seen briefing her on the front bench for several minutes before leaving

Her Majesty is at her Scottish home (pictured today) and is described as 'comfortable' by her staff

Her Majesty is at her Scottish home (pictured today) and is described as ‘comfortable’ by her staff

PM: ‘The whole country will be deeply concerned about Her Majesty’

Prime Minister Liz Truss said: ‘The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime.

‘My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.’

Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are heading for the Queen’s bedside to join a vigil led by Prince Charles, Camilla and his son Prince William.

Her Majesty’s children and grandchildren have rushed to Balmoral after doctors revealed they are ‘concerned’ for the monarch’s health and are keeping her under medical supervision.

The 96-year-old monarch is described as ‘comfortable’ after her doctors examined her this morning, hours after she was advised to rest instead of attending a meeting of the Privy Council last night.

A royal spokesman said: ‘Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.’

Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Edward are believed to be with their mother. Prince Andrew is understood to have been among seven royals on the jet from RAF Northolt in London to Aberdeen along with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has stayed behind and was spotted in Windsor driving to pick up George, Charlotte and Louis after they first full day at their new school.

Her ‘immediate family’ were informed, Buckingham Palace revealed, with her heir, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, rushing to her bedside from their Scottish home Birkhall – around 10 miles from Balmoral.

The Duke of Cambridge then flew up from Windsor to be with the 96-year-old monarch. But his wife Kate remains at Adelaide Cottage because George, Charlotte and Louis are having their first full day at school today.

The Queen’s children are all rushing to Balmoral with the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, already there after an engagement in Scotland this week.

The Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex are also on their way with one of the Royal Family’s helicopters seen landing in the grounds this lunchtime.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were scheduled to attend the WellChild Awards in London this evening but the couple have changed their plans at the 11th hour and are heading to Aberdeenshire, their spokesman confirmed, as millions of Britons and Her Majesty’s subjects around the world pray for her recovery.

Ms Truss said 'the whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime'

Ms Truss said ‘the whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime’

The plane carrying the Queen's children and grandchildren land in Aberdeen - the nearest airport to Balmoral

The plane carrying the Queen’s children and grandchildren land in Aberdeen – the nearest airport to Balmoral

A statement about the monarch’s health is exceptionally rare and suggests the situation is very serious.

Ms Truss said ‘the whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime’ adding ‘my thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time’.

Yesterday the Queen was forced to postpone a Privy Council meeting at the last minute on doctors’ advice. Following a busy day on Tuesday, during which she greeted both Boris Johnson and Liz Truss at Balmoral, as well as undertaking other light duties, the 96-year-old monarch has been told to rest.

And today Buckingham Palace revealed that doctors have been brought to Balmoral after concerns this morning.

She had been due to hold the Privy Council virtually yesterday evening, during which the new Prime Minister would have taken her oath as First Lord of the Treasury and Cabinet ministers would have been sworn into their roles and made privy counsellors, if not already appointed as one in the past. 

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