Queen ‘on it’ but clearly not well in final meeting, says Boris Johnson


Oris Johnson has told how the Queen was ‘absolutely on it’ despite appearing ill when they last met just two days before her death.

The MP said she remained ‘actively focused’ on global and UK politics when he formally handed in his resignation as Prime Minister, despite her being ‘clearly not well’.

Mr Johnson had his final audience with the Queen at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 6 as he made way for Liz Truss to succeed him in Downing Street.

The Tory backbench MP, who was the 14th prime minister in the monarch’s 70-year reign, said he was moved by her “sense of duty” when they met.

He told the BBC: “One of the reasons it was so shocking to hear of her death on the 8th was because in that audience she had absolutely been there. Just two days before she died.

“She was actively focused on geopolitics, on British politics, quoting statesmen from the 1950s, it was quite extraordinary.

“She seemed very bright, very focused. Look, she was clearly not well, I think that’s what I found so moving when we all heard about her death two days later.

“I just thought about how her sense of duty had kept her going the way she had, given how obviously sick she was, how she was so bright and so focused. So it was a period quite moving.

Mr Johnson, who was forced to resign after a series of scandals including partygate, featured prominently among politicians paying tribute to the Queen following her death on Thursday.

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Edward L. Robinett