The Queen made a surprise visit with her daughter, Princess Anne, for a touching appearance at Thames Hospice.
The Queen has raised concerns about her health (Opens in a new tab) To rest, she paid a surprising and poignant visit to officially open the new building at Thames Hospice, along with her daughter, Princess Anne.
Her Majesty looked beautiful, in a blue and white floral dress and walking with her cane which had been given to her by the British Army. (Opens in a new tab). While Princess Anne opted for a yellow striped dress, when they arrived to officially open the new building for Hospice, Maidenhead.
It comes after the Queen bestowed the George Cross of the NHS Medal, in a beautiful gesture to recognize “acts of greatest heroism”.
The couple received a warm welcome as they were introduced to staff and volunteers, before touring the new building.
Thames Hospice provides palliative and end-of-life care to patients, as well as nursing and therapeutic support to patients’ families.
In a very moving moment, the Queen recognized a patient with whom she chatted and shook hands, before revealing a private plaque and signing the visitor’s book.
As the monarch was introduced to Graham White and his wife Pat, who has stage 4 cancer and is receiving temporary care at the center in Maidenhead, his phone rang.
When he arrived to turn the device off, the Queen joked, “Typically, the phone goes off immediately,” and White reluctantly revealed that his son was ringing.
Mrs White sat down chatting with the Queen, after which the 63-year-old described the encounter as “extremely emotional”. “This is a memory I will cherish,” she added.
The Queen and Princess Anne make a surprise visit to Maidenhead to open the Thames Hospice. The Queen, in a good mood, can be seen smiling and talking to staff and hospice care patients. pic.twitter.com/FvbNj2E3DR15 July 2022
According to MailOnline, Ms. White joked about her husband’s phone ringing, and explained, “I could have killed him! People think the Queen has a stiff upper lip but she has a good sense of humour.”
Mr White, 67, of Sandhurst, Berkshire, added: “I had my wife’s phone turned off and I could have sworn my phone was off – it was a bit embarrassing.”
The beautiful outing came after fans expressed concerns about how “weak” the Queen looked, after suffering from persistent “mobility issues”. Her Majesty is believed to be taking steps to become a more “virtual queen” – but she stopped during Holyrood Week, delighting fans with her daily outings.