The Queen sparks concern after being photographed with a ‘bruised’ hand during her meeting with King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan
- Queen hosted King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan at Buckingham Palace
- But Twitter users noticed her left hand seemed bruised or otherwise injured
- Princess Anne was also at private reception before Jordanians met Theresa May
PUBLISHED: 07:57, 1 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:14, 1 March 2019
The Queen sparked health concerns today after she was photographed with her hand noticeably purple at Buckingham Palace.
The 92-year-old monarch was pictured smiling as she joined with Princess Anne to host King Abdullah, Queen Rania and Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan yesterday.
The Queen with King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan at Buckingham Palace yesterday
Eagle eyed Twitter users noticed that the Queen’s hand seemed bruised or otherwise injured
Royal fan Tracy Edgar tweeted: ‘I’m concerned. Why does she have such a terrible bruise on her left hand? Did I miss something? But as always, she looks stunning!’
Catherine Longstaff said: ‘The lady is 92. At that age any little knock unfortunately turns into what can look severe bruises. The Queen is rather fab though isn’t she?’
Colleen White added: ‘Oh my… HM does look like she hurt her hand… Hope it heals quickly’, while Nola Hennessy said: ‘Best wishes for speedy healing.’
The Queen enjoys excellent health, although did have to pull out of a service at St Paul’s Cathedral last June because she was feeling ‘under the weather’.
One month earlier the Queen underwent eye surgery to remove a cataract and wore sunglasses in public to avoid having to cancel long-planned engagements.
The Jordanian royals began their UK visit at the Jordan Growth and Opportunity Conference, hosted by International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt.
Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz was also in attendance. They also met Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street as part of their visit yesterday.
The conference was intended for global leaders of businesses, government and international agencies to get behind Jordan’s plans for economic growth.
The Jordanian royal couple are parents to Crown Prince Hussein, 24, Princess Iman, 22, Princess Salma, 18, and Prince Hashem, 14.
Yesterday, Mrs May said the UK would underwrite a £188million World Bank loan to Jordan to help it borrow money at a lower rate and manage its national debt.
Britain will also increase its grant financing to Jordan over the next five years, Mrs May said, to attract the investment needed for creating jobs.
US treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin, the World Bank’s Kristalina Georgieva and EU foreign affairs representative Federica Mogherini also attended the conference.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline today.
Why is the Queen’s hand looking bruised? Expert says it could have followed a ‘relatively minor injury’
By EMMA HAMMETT, medical expert and founder of First Aid for Life
There are many possible causes for a bruised looking hand, from an accident to a circulation issue, although this is less likely bearing in mind the unseasonably warm weather we have had. She looks very well otherwise.
She normally chooses to wear gloves and this would have hidden it.
However, her hand looks swollen and so she may not have been able to wear gloves over the injury. It is possible that this serious looking bruise resulted from a relatively minor injury.
Older people are more likely to bruise as their skin is thinner and the tissue underneath naturally becomes more fragile. People taking blood thinning medication or steroids also tend to bruise more easily.
A bruise is a discoloured area of skin, usually a bluish or purple colour caused by bleeding from fine capillary blood vessels beneath the skin.
Bruises usually take a couple of weeks to fade, gradually changing to a pale purple or green colour as they disappear.
Applying a wrapped ice pack immediately after an injury can reduce the severity of the bruise and any associated swelling.