- Staff to be addressed by senior officer of Royal Household Sir Christopher Geidt
- Fuelling rumours of announcement concerning Queen or Duke of Edinburgh
- Staff from afar afield as Balmoral in Scotland have been called back to London
- Royal sources won’t reveal 10am meeting details but there is ‘no cause for alarm’
- Queen and Prince Philip were at engagements and their health said to be ‘fine’
- Ex-royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter claimed it could be about palace refurb
Speculation amongst Buckingham Palace staff is rampant this morning as the Queen’s most senior aides called her entire household to an emergency meeting today.
But royal sources have told the Mail that internet rumours about Her Majesty’s or Prince Philip’s health are ‘wide of the mark’ and they are ‘fine’.
Servants from royal residences across the country have been ordered to London and will be addressed this morning at 10am by the Lord Chamberlain, the most senior officer of the Royal Household, as well as Her Majesty’s right-hand man, Private Secretary Sir Christopher Geidt.
Even her longest serving staff were left in the dark about why the meeting was being called but multiple sources said it was ‘highly unusual’ and had sparked fevered talk about an imminent announcement concerning the monarch or her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Buckingham Palace has refused to say what the meeting is about but insists there is ‘no cause for alarm’ and the royal standard remains at full mast today, meaning there has been no death in the royal family.
The Queen met Theresa May in London yesterday to dissolve Parliament for the General Election and Prince Philip opened a new stand at Lords cricket ground.
‘Everyone is on tenterhooks,’ said one.
‘Although meetings involving the entire royal household are occasionally called, the way this has been done at the eleventh hour is highly unusual and suggests that there is something major to be disseminated.
There was also grave concern for the Queen and Philip’s health over Christmas when both developed heavy colds, forcing the monarch to miss Christmas Day service for the first time in living memory.
It is unlikely, however, that any meeting would involve news of an abdication as the Queen has always vowed to serve her country for as long as she lives.