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Queen's purple hand reappears – concerns raised over new images


Royal fans welcomed news of the Queen’s return to public life, but raised concerns about the colouring of her hands which in some cases could be an indicator of the health condition peripheral cyanosis which can be caused by arterial and blood supply problems.

Stacey G commented in reply to one image released on the Royal Family’s Twitter account: “Lovely to see HM up and about. But are her hands OK. They look very cold!”.

Fellow Twitter user Alison Howard observed that the hand of General Sir Nick Carter also appeared to have the same hue, prompting Stacey G to suggest turning up the central heating at Windsor Castle.

Dorset Lis wrote: “Her hands are looking a bit purple compared to her face …that isn’t right.”

Other royal fans were quick to put the discolouration down to old age rather than anything too serious. 

And Dear Deir wrote: “That happens when you get older. Veins visible trough the skin, which gives a blue sheen. I have the same, though I am far from 95”.
Belhypotheue noted: “Wow she is looking frail. Bless her”.

Kim Chesterfield added: “Lovely to see The Queen. She has lost some more weight, looking a bit frail, but still so healthy, cheerful and an inspiration to us all”.

Her Majesty looked radiant in a floral dress in today’s engagement, which is her first since missing the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph on November 14.

The Queen held an audience with the Chief of the Defence Staff in the Oak Room of Windsor Castle.

It was held to mark his stepping down as head of the Armed Forces and principal military adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence.


Among the other causes of cyanosis are Raynaud’s, which affects the fingers and toes, as well as being in cold air or water or wearing clothing or jewellery which is too tight.

Beta-blockers, a medicine used to treat high blood pressure, is also identified as causing it.

Cyanosis is a symptom of many different conditions and its treatment depends on the cause, according to the NHS.

The monarch’s return prompted comments from well-wishers with YeppersForPeppers writing: “Oh thank you God, the Universe, her Doctors and the positive energy from all of us who love and admire this icon”.

Another wrote: “Liz we love you!!! God Save the Queen”.

And CatLadyDi commented: “Even in her 90s, she’s a hands on ruler! Way to go Your Majesty!”.

Joanne Weatherby tweeted: “Wonderful to see HM The Queen. Hope that she is well rested and feeling much better”.

The Queen’s spokeswoman has been contacted for comment.

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