An Australian doctor has pointed to the Queen's frail appearance during her latest royal appointment as a sign she will die in days

Australian doctor points to Queen Elizabeth II’s mottled hands at Liz Truss meeting as death nears

A doctor has pointed to the Queen’s frail appearance during her last royal appointment as a sign that she will die in days.

Dr Deb Cohen-Jones, who lives in Perth, Western Australia, said photos of Queen Elizabeth II’s hands as she posed alongside new British Prime Minister Liz Truss at Balmoral Castle in Scotland Tuesday were a sign of declining health.

“There appears to be evidence of peripheral vascular disease. It is a blood circulation disorder that causes blood vessels outside your heart and brain to narrow, block or spasm,” she told FEMAIL.

“It usually leads to heart failure. If your peripheral circulation is so bad, the organs don’t get a good blood supply. This may be a sign of multiple organ failure.

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An Australian doctor has pointed to the Queen's frail appearance during her latest royal appointment as a sign she will die in days

An Australian doctor has pointed to the Queen’s frail appearance during her latest royal appointment as a sign she will die in days

Dr Deb Cohen-Jones said photos of Queen Elizabeth II's (pictured) purple-tinted hands as she posed alongside new British Prime Minister Liz Truss two days ago are a sign of declining health

Dr Deb Cohen-Jones said photos of Queen Elizabeth II’s (pictured) purple-tinted hands as she posed alongside new British Prime Minister Liz Truss two days ago are a sign of declining health

What is peripheral vascular disease?

Peripheral vascular disease is a slow and progressive circulatory disorder.

A narrowing, blockage, or spasm in a blood vessel can cause PVD.

PVD can affect any blood vessel outside of the heart, including arteries, veins, or lymph vessels.

Organs supplied by these vessels, such as the brain and legs, may not receive enough blood to function properly. However, the legs and feet are most affected.

Peripheral vascular disease is also called peripheral arterial disease.

Some of the well-known symptoms include intermittent pain, which may present as muscle cramps or fatigue, ‘coldness’ of the affected body part, numbness and tingling.

The late queen’s hands were ‘marbled’, which occurs when the heart is no longer able to pump blood effectively.

Blood pressure slowly drops and blood flow throughout the body slows, causing extremities to begin to feel cold to the touch, Crossroads Hospice reported.

Sadly, Dr Deb confirmed that Queen Elizabeth II ‘would have been in a lot of pain’ if she had the chronic condition, as ‘she looks quite serious’.

There’s no way to know for sure how long the ‘marbling’ has been there, as the monarch hadn’t been seen in public for some time and often wore gloves.

Sadly, Dr Deb confirmed that Queen Elizabeth II

Sadly, Dr Deb confirmed that Queen Elizabeth II “would have been in a lot of pain” if she had the chronic condition, as “it looks pretty serious”.

This official announcement from Buckingham Palace recorded that the Queen carried out the historic audience

This official announcement from Buckingham Palace recorded that the Queen carried out the historic audience

‘The slightly stooped appearance would have been her age and more than likely osteoporosis,’ said Dr Deb (pictured).

Queen Elizabeth II smiling as she arrives wielding a stick to view a display of artifacts from British craft society Halcyon Days, to commemorate the society's 70th anniversary in the castle's White Drawing Room from Windsor, Berkshire

Queen Elizabeth II smiling as she arrives wielding a stick to view a display of artifacts from British craft society Halcyon Days, to commemorate the society’s 70th anniversary in the castle’s White Drawing Room from Windsor, Berkshire

So it was more than likely her incredibly strong disposition and drive to complete the royal engagement that saw her shine at Liz Truss on Tuesday.

“The slightly stooped appearance would have been her age and more than likely osteoporosis,” Dr. Deb said.

Buckingham Palace declared Britain’s longest-serving monarch, 96, dead at 6.30pm on Thursday evening.

The Queen used the aid of a cane to greet Liz Truss during an audience at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she invited the newly elected leader of the Conservative Party to become Prime Minister.

The historic audience was the first time the 96-year-old monarch, who has struggled with persistent mobility issues, has performed the key task while in retirement in Aberdeenshire, rather than at Buckingham Palace.

It was also the first time she had been photographed since she had been seen arriving at the estate on July 21 for her summer vacation.

The Queen had been suffering from episodic mobility issues since last autumn, and the decision was made last week to ask outgoing and incoming prime ministers to make the 1,000 mile round trip to see her.

A statement from Buckingham Palace issued at 1pm on Tuesday said: ‘The Queen received an audience with The Right Honorable Elizabeth Truss today and asked her to form a new administration. Ms Truss accepted Her Majesty’s offer and kissed her hands upon her appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.

The Court Circular normally reports that “the Prime Minister kissed his hand on his appointment”. However, that’s not literally the case, and it’s usually a handshake – as was the case with Miss Truss today.

The meeting took place in Balmoral’s green-carpeted drawing room, which features matching green sofas, a leaf-patterned fabric chair, an open fireplace and a number of antique horse-themed paintings on the walls.

The Queen normally spends August and September at her Highland retreat, where she is joined by other family members at various stages. Prince William and Kate and their children Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, are among those who have already visited her at Balmoral this year.

Queen Elizabeth’s death: A timeline of how today’s sad news was announced

12:35 p.m.: A statement is released by Buckingham Palace, announcing the Queen is under medical supervision at Balmoral after doctors were “concerned for her health”. A Palace spokesman said: “Following a further assessment this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remains under medical supervision.” The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.

12:47 p.m.: A statement is released by Clarence House confirming that Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will be visiting Balmoral. It read: ‘The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have visited Balmoral’.

12:48 p.m.: A minute later, Kensington Palace announces that Price William will travel to Balmoral. The statement read: “The Duke of Cambridge is also visiting Balmoral.”

1:37 p.m.: It is reported that Prince Andrew visited Balmoral Castle in Scotland after learning that doctors were concerned for the Queen’s health.

1:38 p.m.: Sources confirm to the Press Association (PA) that the Princess Royal is at Balmoral, and that the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex are en route to the Queen’s Scottish household.

1:55 p.m.: A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirms the couple will “be visiting Scotland”. While the initial statement mentioned “Scotland”, it did not directly mention Balmoral. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were due to attend the WellChild Awards ceremony in London on Thursday evening, but have changed their travel plans to see the Queen.

4:14 p.m.: A press alert from the Press Association (PA) said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would travel to Balmoral ‘separately’ from other members of the Royal Family.

4:39 p.m.: Less than 30 minutes later, the Palestinian Authority issued another alert, citing an unnamed source, saying the Duchess of Sussex would not be traveling to Balmoral with the Duke of Sussex. The source said Prince Harry would be making the trip alone. A source said the Duchess could potentially join Harry in Scotland at a later date, following what PA described as a ‘change of plans’.

4:44 p.m.: A few minutes later, Omid Scobie, a journalist considered “friendly” towards the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and who often quotes anonymous sources close to the couple, wrote an article on the social network Twitter about the situation. He writes: A source shared an update saying only Prince Harry made the trip to Balmoral. Like the Duchess of Cambridge (who is in Windsor with their three children), the Duchess of Sussex is staying in England (but still not attending tonight’s WellChild Awards). The post mentions Kate, who earlier today it was revealed she won’t be going to Balmoral.

6:30 p.m.: The Royal Family announces via social media site Twitter that Queen has died “peacefully” at Balmoral at the age of 96.

After 6:30 p.m.: Prince Harry is thought to have arrived at Balmoral after the public announcement

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