Dark bruising sparks concerns for the Queen’s health
Concerns over the Queen’s health have been raised after fans spotted deep bruising on the 92-year-old’s hands in a recent photograph.
During a meeting with the King and Queen of Jordan, the monarch revealed purple-pink blemishes sparking speculation over her wellbeing.
The Palace refused to comment on the reason behind the marks.
The bruising could have been caused by a medical condition called peripheral cyanosis, which occurs when there are low oxygen levels in the red blood cells.
But the discolouration could also be a sign of an underlying condition.
Bruising can be caused by a multitude of things such as artery problems, beta blockers, blood pressure medicine or blood clots restricting the blood supply.
While the bruising may be due to cold temperatures, that seems unlikely as the area has recently seen a bout of warm weather.
Today The Queen, with The Princess Royal, hosted Their Majesties The King and Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, @KingAbdullahII and @QueenRania, and their son The Crown Prince at Buckingham Palace. pic.twitter.com/jMjdm5na8h
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) 28 February 2019
It could be that the Queen has always had the marks, but as she wears gloves during public appearances, it hasn’t been noticed until now.
But Twitter went into a frenzy after the photograph was revealed, with many noticing the blemishes right away.
“I love keeping up with Queen Elizabeth II but I’m concerned,” said one user. “Why does she have such a terrible bruise on her left hand?”
Another user was the voice of reason, saying “the lady is 92” and that “at that age any little knock unfortunately turns into what can look like severe bruises".
Speaking to the Daily Mail, medical expert Emma Hammett said that it’s possible “this serious looking bruise resulted from a relatively minor injury".
Ms Hammett said that older people are susceptible to bruising as the tissue underneath their already-thin skin is fragile.