The Daily Telegraph
Queen Consort ‘just getting on with it’ during gruelling week
King has been supported by his wife during period of mourning despite an unexpected hurdle
AFTER a well deserved rest in the countryside yesterday, the King and Queen Consort are due to travel to Wales today as their schedule of mourning continues.
The couple were able to take a muchneeded break away from London after what has been a tiring six days since Queen Elizabeth II died on Sept 8.
It is understood that the King, 73, spent the day at Highgrove, his Gloucestershire home, while the Queen Consort, 75, retreated to Ray Mill, her Wiltshire bolthole.
The Queen’s stalwart support of her husband has been all the more remarkable as she has been soldiering on despite suffering from a broken toe, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.
A source said: “She is in quite a lot of pain but she is just getting on with it. It is unfortunate timing to say the least but she’s been an absolute trouper.”
It is thought she sustained the injury before the late Queen died, and has continued with her duties despite the discomfort. The King’s spokesman refused to comment, saying: “Medical matters are private.”
The Queen Consort has been by the King’s side throughout what has been an intensely gruelling week that has involved standing for extended periods.
Last Friday, she joined the King for a walkabout outside Buckingham Palace before he recorded his first address to the nation.
On Saturday, she was on her feet for the hour-long Accession Council ceremony at St James’s Palace, London, before returning to Scotland for Monday’s service and vigil at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.
On Tuesday, they spent the day in Northern Ireland, where they met Ulster leaders and carried out another walkabout, before returning to Buckingham Palace for the return of the late Queen’s coffin to London.
On Wednesday, they took part in a 30 minute lying-in-state service at Westminster Hall that saw the Royal family standing throughout. Today, the couple will travel to Cardiff for a service at Llandaff Cathedral and receive condolences from the Welsh Senedd before attending a reception in the Banqueting Hall hosted by the Welsh Government.
As with their visits to the other capitals of the UK, they will meet and greet members of the public at each of their stops in the Welsh capital.
According to the NHS website, you do not need to go to hospital to treat a broken toe unless it is the big toe.
Medical attention should also be sought if the toe is pointing out at an odd angle or if the bone is sticking out.
It recommends that patients suffering from a broken toe “avoid walking around as much as possible” while resting the foot and keeping it raised.
They are also advised to take ibuprofen or paracetamol and wear “wide comfortable shoes with a low heel”.
Putting a small piece of cotton wool or gauze between the sore toe and the toe next to it could also help, according to the website.
It is thought the Queen Consort, who is a grandmother of 10, will have consulted palace doctors.
In 2010, she broke her left leg during a walking trip at Balmoral and had to use a wheelchair to attend royal engagements, pushed by her husband.
In 1990, the King broke his right arm during a polo match in Cirencester, Gloucs, and had to wear a sling.
In 1999, Prince William also sported a sling while attending the christening of his godson, Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece, in London.
It later emerged the then 16-year-old was recovering from surgery on a broken finger.