Bruise on Queen's Hand as She Appoints New UK Prime Minister Sparks Concern

Queen appoints new prime minister

Today, September 6, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II formally appointed Mary Elizabeth Truss-O'Leary as United Kingdom's new Prime Minister, replacing Boris Johnson. She was chosen by the Conservative Party over Rishi Sunak.

She is the 56th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the third woman to hold the position after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May. 

Queen appoints new UK Prime Minister
Queen appoints new UK Prime Minister

Liz Truss, 47, shared two names with Her Majesty (Mary and Elizabeth as the Queen's real names are Elizabeth Alexandra Mary). Truss obtained her BA degree from Merton College at the University of Oxford. She has been MP since 2010.

Queen appoints new prime minister
Her Majesty The Queen and Mary Elizabeth Truss, new UK PM

The new prime minister traveled to Balmoral estate, Scotland, for the appointment ceremony.  In a break with royal tradition, the Queen made the appointment at her Balmoral estate due to her mobility issues that prevented her from traveling to London.

Liz Truss was received by the Queen at the drawing room of Balmoral Castle and made the formal appointment as the new prime minister of the United Kingdom and First Lord of the Treasury.

Queen appoints new prime minister
Queen Elizabeth II receives Lis Truss at Balmoral Castle's drawing room

For the special occasion, Queen Elizabeth II wore a tartan skirt and gray cardigan over a blue blouse. She was also seen clutching a walking stick as she shook hands with the new prime minister. She then asked Truss to form a new Administration.

Queen appoints new UK Prime Minister
Her Majesty The Queen at the drawing room of Balmoral Castle, September 6

Queen appoints new UK Prime Minister

However, it was the purple mark on the Queen's hand that caught the attention of the public. Her Majesty appeared to have a nasty bruise on her hand, sparking a widespread concern about her health.

The photo shared by The Royal Family on Twitter was flooded with concerns from royal fans. Some of those who commented explained the possible reason for Her Majesty's bruise.

Queen appoints new prime minister

"She is a wee frail old lady. Looks like bruises you get from treatments and IV bruising," one person commented.

"She’s possibly on blood thinners they can cause bruise-like markings. Also, her skin is much thinner due to her age," another person said. 

Other fans speculated The Queen might have accidentally banged her hand on a hard surface, causing her hand to have a purple mark. Accidental falls or banging of hands on the table or any hard surface is very common among people who are in their prime years.

We're hoping everything is well with Her Majesty.

The Queen's 15th Prime Minister

In another post, The Royal Family's social media account revealed that Liz Truss is the 15th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to serve under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

When Her Majesty succeeded her father, King George VI, in 1952, the British Prime Minister was Winston Churchill.

Under the constitutional monarchy, the prime minister acted as head of the government while the monarch acted as head of state.

UK Prime Ministers during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II

  1. Liz Truss (2022 September - incumbent)
  2. Boris Johnson (July 2019 - September 2022)
  3. Theresa May (July 2016 - July 2019)
  4. David Cameron (May 2010 - July 2016)
  5. Gordon Brown (June 2007 - May 2010)
  6. Tony Blair (May 1997 - June 2007)
  7. John Major (November 1990 - May 1997)
  8. Margaret Thatcher (May 1979 - November 1990)
  9. James Callaghan (April 1976 - May 1979)
  10. Edward Heath (June 1970 - March 1974)
  11. Harold Wilson (October 1964-June 1970/March 1974-April 1976)
  12. Alec Douglas-Home (October 1963-October 1964)
  13. Harold Macmillan (January 1957-October 1963)
  14. Anthony Eden (April 1955-January 1957)
  15. Winston Churchill (October 1951-April 1955)

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