QUEEN Elizabeth II’s entire staff from across the United Kingdom has been summoned to an emergency meeting at Buckingham Palace in London today, according to reports.
Servants will be addressed by the Royal Household’s most senior officer Lord Chamberlain and Her Majesty’s Private Secretary Sir Christopher Geidt in just hours.
The meeting, called suddenly and described as highly unusual by royal watchers, has sent Britain’s rumour mill into a concerned frenzy.
It’s currently the middle of the night in London.
There is speculation that the announcement is to do with either the Queen or her husband the Duke of Edinburgh’s health.
Social media has erupted in panic with many offering theories about the announcement, from abdication to far more serious issues.
The Mirror reports that even the most trusted of staff have been left in the cold as to what the meeting will be about.
“Although meetings involving the entire royal household are occasionally called, the way this has been done at the eleventh hour is highly unusual and suggests that there is something major to be disseminated,” Mail Online reported.
Buckingham Palace has declined to comment.
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The Queen has just returned to Buckingham Palace from an extended visit to Windsor over Easter.
Prince Philip was seen yesterday when he opened the new Warner Stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
Household staff from as far as Balmoral in Scotland have reportedly been included in the roll call.
The Queen and Prince Philip both took ill over Christmas and missed some public engagements, which raised concerns about their health.
However both recommenced some of their normal duties in recent months.
Prince Philip has suffered health scares in the past, including a heart problem and bladder infection.
Her Majesty marked her 91st birthday last month and Prince Philip turns 96 in June.
More to come