Inside the Queen’s support bubble at Windsor – including dressmaker and courtier

Queen Elizabeth has been told to rest for another two weeks, meaning she is to cancel any upcoming visits she had planned.

Buckingham Palace announced the news on Friday 29 October, in a statement that read: “Following on from their recent advice that the Queen should rest for a few days, Her Majesty’s doctors have advised that she should continue to rest for at least the next two weeks."

However, Her Majesty does have people around her who will be close aides during her downtime.

Dresser Angela Kelly and courtier Paul Whybrew are said to be supporting the Queen during this time, in what is coined the 'HMS Bubble.'

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The Queen is resting at Windsor Castle with the aides, who also cared for her late husband Prince Philip.

The Queen is known to be very close with her dresser Angela, and she's been described as a "near contestant presence" in reports by the Mail on Sunday.

Mr Whybrew is believed to be a favourite courtier of the Queen's, who goes by the nickname 'Tall Paul' due to his height of 6ft 4in.

He was spotted walking beside the Queen in the iconic video she filmed with Daniel Craig for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Ms Kelly is believed to be keeping the Queen company, and Mr Whybrew has been watching television with her.

A Palace source told the newspaper: "The Queen is very grateful for the loyal support she has received."


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It is said that her head groom Terry Pendry and private secretary Sir Edward Young are also in the 'HMS Bubble.'

In light of her hospital stay, the 95 year old was told to rest by medical professionals — something which she "reluctantly accepted".

Announcing the news of the Queen's hospital stay earlier this month, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "Following medical advice to rest for a few days, The Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits."

Over the duration of her reign, the Queen has rarely pulled out of any of her royal appearances. In 2018, she had to pull out of some events after having a cataract removed in a minor operation. She also had an operation on her left knee in 2003.

Prior to the announcement, those in charge of Her Majesty's schedule were told to be "cautious", and to keep the 95 year old's upcoming plans over Christmas and the New Year as light.

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