British Conservative Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson continued to talk up his boss, the Queen, despite reports that she is in poor health.
‘She’s in very good form indeed’ he said at a party event in South Africa on Monday night, according to the British press.
Johnson, 48, was traveling in South Africa as part of a tour of the Commonwealth nation. Earlier in the day, he told reporters in Pretoria that, “Over the past few months, the duke and I have been rekindling old friendships and renewing acquaintances. We have actually met on a number of occasions at informal meetings but, regrettably, we never quite got around to going for a cup of tea or something. The Queen is something of a teetotaller and never misses the opportunity to tell us off.”
According to the Daily Mail, the 90-year-old Queen will be suffering from arthritis in her feet because of early morning walks and food.
If confirmed, she would be her longest-lived ever, just two years ahead of her mother Queen Elizabeth.
“Her Majesty is enjoying a trip to Africa before she returns to England with her grandson the Duke of Cambridge later this month,” Buckingham Palace confirmed to The Associated Press.
The prince is taking over for his wife, Kate, who is now due to deliver her third child. The royal couple had two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
A Telegraph columnist recently wrote that it seemed “conceivable” that the Queen was suffering from heart or lung disease.
He attributed her apparent weakness to “two morbid diseases” linked to modern living: osteoporosis and arthritis.
Some said that it was inevitable that the Queen would not live to see the First World War and even fears that she is going to die of lung disease have inspired people around the world to commemorate the war.
During the summer, the country fell silent in honor of her Diamond Jubilee.
The queen’s official birthday is on June 21.
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