BUCKINGHAM Palace last night denied reports the Queen is to undergo a knee replacement operation in the summer, insisting she would carry on with her full programme of engagements until the end of July.
During a routine check-up at Sandringham doctors were said to have discovered that keyhole surgery to remove torn cartilage from her left knee had not been entirely successful. A replacement knee joint would be inserted under general anaesthetic.
However, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "There are no plans for an operation like that and the full programme of engagements will continue."
Last month the Queen had surgery to remove benign skin growths from her face and torn knee cartilage.