The Queen has “regrettably decided” not to attend the UN climate change conference in Glasgow next week after being hospitalized for an unexplained illness.
After an overnight hospital stay last Wednesday, doctors ordered her to rest, her first such stay in more than eight years.
The 95-year-old monarch no longer plans to attend a reception for world leaders on Monday November 1st.
She plans to leave Prince Charles and grandson Prince William to lead the trial but will be contributing a video message. Mirror online reports.
The Queen had to cancel a trip to Northern Ireland just hours before arriving last Wednesday before she had to go to hospital for “preliminary investigations”.
It is unknown if Her Majesty has been called back to the hospital for further testing, but sources suggested last week that it was a possibility.
Palace officials said today the head of state remained “in a good mood” and continued to do light duties, despite missing a Sunday service in Windsor.
A senior palace source said: “Her Majesty has regrettably decided that she will not be attending the conference but will still be contributing via a video message.
“The news will be filmed later this week and she really wants COP26 to be a success and meaningful action to be taken.”
“Her Majesty follows the advice to rest and only take on light duties.”
The Queen returned to work for the first time in a week today when she videolinked to greet the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Gunn Kim.
The queen was seen smiling in a yellow dress, but sources have suggested she has been feeling “incredibly tired” lately.
Royal sources suggested that the Queen take steps to rest after “reasonable precautions” regarding COP26, which will see dozens of world leaders come to the Scottish city for the planet’s biggest discussion about the climate emergency.
A palace source added, “Her Majesty has regrettably decided that she cannot attend the COP26 conference and hopes that no one will use this as a reason not to attend.”
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