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originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: visitedbythem
Well if she is under house arrest, she would need to place herself under arrest, and technically could also pardon said arrest at will. Its kind of part of the deal of being a Queen.
Buckingham Palace were forced to confirm that the Queen is not dead after a sick Twitter hoax claimed that she had passed away while battling a cold. A spokesman said: "The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh continue to recover from their heavy colds."
Hours before, a spoof BBC news account tweeted: “BREAKING: Buckingham Palace announces the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 90. Circumstances are unknown. More to follow.” The account was later suspended, but not before social media users began speculating that a “media blackout” was covering up the news until it could be reported properly at 8am.
On 30 March 2002, at 15:15 (GMT), the Queen Mother died in her sleep at the Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park, with her surviving daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, at her bedside. She had been suffering from a cold for the last four months of her life. She was 101 years old, and at the time of her death was the longest-lived member of the royal family in British history.
When one of the Queen’s top physicians, Professor Huw Thomas, was promoted to a new position last month, he left behind the highly sought-after vacancy of Physician to the Royal Household, a key role on Her Majesty’s medical team. Now I can reveal the job has been filled by a leading specialist in the study of endocrinology and diabetes.
William Drake, professor of endocrinology and clinical endocrinology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, was hired by the Palace last month, joining an existing team of physicians to the Royal Household. As part of his role, he will attend to both the Queen and Prince Philip, who has suffered bouts of severe illness in recent years.
A spokesman for the Palace refused to comment on the details of Prof Drake’s appointment, but said his expertise was ‘needed’ to widen the medical knowledge within the Royal Household.
She said: ‘Royal physicians are appointed for their wide-ranging skills and abilities. Prof Drake is one of a number of consultants, all of whom are picked because they have different areas of expertise, and William’s area of expertise was needed to create a wide variety of medical knowledge.
‘Just because he has been brought in does not mean there is a specific requirement.’