Queen Elizabeth either has terrible news or terrible timing

Dec 22, 2016 at 12:14 p.m. ET
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More news is making fans of the British royal family fear the worst about Queen Elizabeth's health.

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Buckingham Palace officials made the announcement Thursday that Kate Middleton will be taking over Elizabeth's role as patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Elizabeth has served as the club's patron since 1952, nearly 65 years. In the same announcement, it was revealed that Elizabeth is stepping down from her patronages of 24 other clubs, including the Wimbledon Tennis Club.

"At the end of the Queen’s 90th birthday year, Her Majesty will step down as patron from a number of national organisations. The patronages will be passed on to other members of the royal family in the coming months," read a statement released by the palace. "Her Majesty is currently patron of more than 600 organisations and has enjoyed a close and active association with a great number of them throughout her reign. Her Majesty will continue to serve as patron to hundreds of charities and institutions but will now share this work with her family."

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The announcement comes just a day after the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, missed their train to their country home, where they spend Christmas each year. That started speculation about their health, though the palace insisted that they only had colds and had decided to do their traveling on a different day. Still, with the queen at 90 years old and Philip at 95, people can't seem to help but fear the worst.

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