Kate Middleton and her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth reportedly suffer from the same type of sickness, said a new report published by The Daily Express. Both women power through their illness but find that there are certain events that bring their symptoms on more so than others.
Middleton and the queen both appear to suffer from motion sickness, reported The Daily Express.
Both royal women have learned to deal with this illness, particularly at royal events where the women are riding in carriages and cars in a motorcade. Middleton looked to be unwell during her recent horse-drawn carriage ride alongside Meghan Markle and Camilla Parker Bowles during Queen Elizabeth’s annual Trooping the Colour, noted The Daily Express.
A royal insider told The Sunday Mirror that “the truth is the Duchess of Cambridge gets very seasick and doesn’t enjoy the rocking motion of carriages. Worrying she may be ill on such an important occasion as Trooping the Colour added to her stress.”
The coach they rode in swayed two and fro as the horses pulled it, and Middleton reportedly had difficulty controlling her nausea throughout the ride, reported the outlet. The Daily Express reported that Queen Elizabeth uses medication to help with her nausea, but it was not revealed whether or not Middleton also uses something to ease her queasy stomach at royal events.
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The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex travel along the Mall to Trooping the Colour, The Queen's Birthday Parade. Trooping the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years. Regimental flags of the @BritishArmy were historically described as ‘Colours’ because they displayed the uniform Colours and insignia worn by the soldiers of different units. The name ‘Colour’ continues to be used to this day. The principal role of a regiment’s Colours was to provide a rallying point on the battlefield. This was important because, without modern communications, it was all too easy for troops to become disoriented and separated from their unit during conflict. If Troops were to know what their Regiment’s Colours looked like, it was necessary to display them regularly. The way in which this was done was for young officers to march in between the ranks of troops formed up in lines with the Colours held high. This is the origin of the word ‘trooping’. So, what today is a great tradition began life as a vital and practical parade designed to aid unit recognition before a battle commenced. ????PA @TheRoyalFamily #TroopingtheColour #HorseGuardsParade #QBP2019
It is a real problem for Middleton, who follows royal protocol by riding in state carriages for formal events. She will be facing this issue throughout her life as a royal as she moves further up on the hierarchy in the family, as she will someday become queen consort to her husband Prince William, who will inherit the title of king of England.
It would definitely be a break with royal protocol if the future queen consort suddenly became ill during her carriage ride as royals must appear to be stoic under all circumstances, even if they are clearly unwell. It is something that Queen Elizabeth has done throughout her reign, and the younger royals have followed in her formidable lead over the years as duty to the country always comes first as a member of the royal family.
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Today The Queen visited Cambridge on a day of engagements including to visit The National Institute of Agricultural Botany, The Royal Papworth Hospital and Queens’ College, Cambridge. #RoyalVisitCambridge In the morning The Queen helped The NIAB to celebrate its 100th anniversary. NIAB is one of Britain’s oldest, and fastest growing, crop science research centres. Her Majesty learned about the work The NIAB does, saw visitor books which had been signed by King George V and Queen Mary, and The Duke of Cambridge. In the afternoon, Her Majesty visited The Royal Papworth Hospital where she was joined by The Duchess of Gloucester, who is Patron of the hospital. Her Majesty met transplant patients, consultants and visited the new hospital which has been built and will include 300 new beds for patients. At Queens’ College Cambridge The Queen met staff and graduates, as Patroness of the college.
The queen has spoken openly about her battle with motion sickness in the past, noting that when she was coronated in 1953, she had to endure an uncomfortable two-hour carriage ride in a 200-year-old carriage.
Buckingham Palace has not officially commented on Markle nor the queen’s condition.