PRINCE Charles today revealed the Queen is 'alright' as she returned to work but admitted the monarch is not finding it as "easy as it used to be".
The 95-year-old has been forced to cancel four engagements in a month due to her health with doctors telling her to rest.
The Prince of Wales, 73, today opened up about his mother's healthafter meeting business leaders at the Royal Scientific Society in Amman, Jordan, with his wife Camilla.
Asked how the Queen was getting on, Charles replied: "She's alright thank you very much. Once you get to 95, it's not quite as easy as it used to be. It's bad enough at 73."
Charles and Camilla are on a four-day trip to the Middle East after getting reassurance from the Queen that she was OK before they jetted off this week.
The Queen held her first in-person engagement at Windsor Castle today after cancelling a string of events in doctors orders.
Asked how the Queen was getting on, Charles, 73, replied: "She's alright thank you very much. Once you get to 95, it's not quite as easy as it used to be. It's bad enough at 73."
It comes as the Prince of Wales was seen with the Duchess of Cornwall collecting holy water while in Jordan.
He reportedly asked to bring back the holy liquid to use for future royal baptisms – and is said to be flying back "five or six bottles".
Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, dipped their fingers in the river, believed to have been used to baptise Jesus, during their Middle Eastern trip.
The Queen gave her son her blessing to continue with the royal tour despite fears over her health.
He spoke to Her Majesty in a touching phone call to make sure she was coping with a back injury that forced her to miss Remembrance Sunday
The Prince of Wales was reassured that he and Camilla were all clear to jet off on the first post-Covid royal venture.
The couple started their four-day trip to Jordan and Egypt as the Queen remained at Windsor Castle recovering from a back sprain.
She sparked fresh health concerns by cancelling an appearance at the Cenotaph for the first time in 22 years.
She remains on “light duties” but royal watchers are worried as she has now cancelled four public engagements in a month.
But the monarch looked keen to get back to her normal duties as she met with General Sir Nick Carter – the Chief of the Defence Staff – at Windsor Castle this afternoon.
Dressed in a green, orange and white floral dress and wearing a string of pearls, the monarch – who is head of the Armed Forces – smiled and shook hands with Gen Sir Nick as they began chatting.
It is the Queen's first in-person job since October 19, when she hosted a reception for guests attending the Global Investment Summit – including billionaire Bill Gates.
And the Queen was kept company at the engagement by her dorgi Candy, who is seen in a sweet clip greeting Gen Sir Nick into the castle's Oak Room.
Gen Sir Carter – who is preparing to step down from his role as the armed forces chief at the end of the month – was seen standing alongside the Queen in the castle's Oak Room.
Sources have also claimed that her Majesty will not be joined by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for her first Christmas without Prince Philip, sources claim.
The Sussexes will instead spend the holidays at their £11million California mansion with Archie, two, and five-month-old Lilibet to avoid a "media frenzy" upon their return to England, it is understood.
This year will be the first Christmas since the death of the Queen's "strength and stay" Prince Philip in April.
The Palace did invite Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, to join them for their traditional Christmas Day festivities in Sandringham, but they are set to decline, Page Six sources understand.
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