PM gives Queen health update after monarch advised to rest

Boris Johnson said the queen was in “very good shape” after the 95-year-old monarch was advised to rest for the next two weeks.

The Queen was advised by her doctors to rest and only take over “desk tasks”, Buckingham Palace announced yesterday.

The Prime Minister is believed to have spoken to the Queen on Wednesday as part of his normal weekly audience with the monarch mirrors reported.

Mr Johnson told Channel 4 News at the G20 Rome Summit, “I have spoken to Her Majesty and she is in very good shape.

“All she has to do is follow the advice of her doctors and get some rest, and I think that’s the most important thing.

“I think the whole country wishes her all the best.”

Speaking to ITV News, the Prime Minister added, “I have spoken to Her Majesty as part of my work as I do every week. She seems to be in very good shape.

“Her doctors told her to rest and I think we need to respect and understand that.

“Everyone wishes her all the best.”

The development comes after the Queen underwent hospital tests last week and canceled a two-day trip to Northern Ireland.

But the head of state has “firm intent” to lead the nation in honoring the country’s war dead on Memorial Sunday, November 14th.

In a statement yesterday, Buckingham Palace said: “Following her recent advice that the Queen should rest for a few days, Her Majesty’s doctors have recommended that she should continue to rest for at least the next two weeks.

“Doctors have indicated that Her Majesty may continue to perform light desk duties during this time, including some virtual audiences, but no official visits.

“Her Majesty regrets that she will not be able to attend the commemoration on Saturday November 13th.

“However, it remains the Queen’s firm intention to attend the National Memorial Service on Memorial Sunday, November 14th.”

The 95-year-old monarch is said to be in a good mood and started her Cop26 speech on Friday afternoon for the UN climate conference, which opens in Glasgow on Monday.

The Queen will be concerned about her advanced age, but the medics see the rest period as a sensible precaution.

The Queen was cheerful and in a good mood when she hosted a virtual award ceremony on Thursday and awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2020 to the poet David Constantine.

During a video call from Windsor Castle, she joked with the writer at Buckingham Palace and said of his award, “Will you put it in a closet?

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