The Queen to miss Cop26 Following Health Complications
Her Majesty was previously scheduled to attend the upcoming Cop26 conference taking place in Glasgow, but will be sending a video message instead as a result of health challenges.
The 95-year-old monarch recently spent an evening at the King Edward VII Hospital in London, her first hospital stay in eight years. She’s currently at home, where she is said to be mending slowly by watching her favorite TV shows with her friend Mabel.
She’s also been advised by her medical team to give up alcoholic drinks and instead go for sparkling water or tomato juice. Her Majesty reportedly complied with the request.
Queen Elizabeth to Cancel Important Official Duties as a Result of Ill Health
Buckingham Palace recently confirmed that the Queen will no longer be making an in-person appearance at the Cop26 summit, due to be held in Glasgow in the coming two weeks.
Ever since the Queen’s break at Balmoral Castle ended, her schedule has been pretty much packed with official engagements. Experts weighed in on the toll it would be taking on the 95-year-old monarch and she has been advised to rest.
The Palace released a statement, saying: “Following advice to rest, The Queen has been undertaking light duties at Windsor Castle. Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the Evening Reception of COP26 on Monday, 1st November.
“Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message.”
It is understood that the Queen took the decision “regretfully”, saying that she hoped no one else would take her absence as a reason not to attend.
The video message will be recorded later this week by the Monarch.
The royal is said to be taking part in other official duties even as she rests in Windsor Castle. She took part in a phone call with Chancellor Rishi Sunak later on Tuesday evening in order to discuss his forthcoming budget, due to be delivered on Wednesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Monarch carried out her first royal engagements since her stay in the hospital last week. She talked with the ambassador from the Republic of Korea, Gunn Kim, during a virtual audience at Windsor Castle.
The ambassador from the Swiss Confederation, Markus Leitner, along with his wife, Nicole Leitner, also held a virtual audience with the Queen.
It marks the first time that Queen Elizabeth has been seen – even though it’s on a computer screen – since she last hosted a busy evening reception for the global investment summit on October 19.
Her hospital stay comes after she was unable to make a two-day trip to Northern Ireland.
Palace sources are of the mind that there are no health scares regarding Her Majesty’s wellbeing, adding that she is recovering remarkably.
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