She's back! Queen Elizabeth returned to her royal duties on Tuesday, October 26 — less than a week after she was first hospitalized.
"Her Majesty The Queen today conducted two virtual audiences via videolink from Windsor Castle," the palace said in a statement. "His Excellency Mr. Gunn Kim was received in audience by The Queen today via videolink and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Republic of Korea to the Court of St James's. Mrs. Hee Jung Lee was also received by Her Majesty."
The note continued, "His Excellency Mr. Markus Leitner was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Swiss Confederation to the Court of St James's. Mrs. Leitner was also received by Her Majesty."
In a photo, the Queen, who appeared via a computer screen, wore a yellow sweater and seemed chipper as she spoke with the Republic of Korea, Gunn Kim.
After not going to Northern Ireland last week, the palace shared more details as to what was really happening. “Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended the hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today and remains in good spirits," they said in a statement.
Fortunately, it seems like the Queen is on the mend and wants to be in the best shape possible for the COP26 Climate Summit Conference, which will take place in Scotland on October 31.
"She is determined to host world leaders at COP26 in Glasgow at the end of the month. But these wobbles are an important reminder that despite saying 'you’re as young as you feel,' Her Majesty is as old as her 95 years," expert Robert Jobson noted.
"She doesn’t want to end up constantly in hospital because she is exhausted," royal biographer Ingrid Seward told the Mail on Sunday. "She will have to do all the big events. It’s the smaller events that she can hand over."