Queen Elizabeth Won't Attend COP26 Climate Conference Event In Scotland As Doctors Order Her To Rest
It looks like Queen Elizabeth will have to sit out on another event, as doctors have advised her to stay put and not attend the COP26 Climate Summit in person.
"Following advice to rest, The Queen has been undertaking light duties at Windsor Castle," Buckingham Palace said. "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."
The news comes after she returned to her royal duties on Tuesday, October 26 — less than a week after she was first hospitalized.
The 95-year-old was supposed to visit Northern Ireland last week, but instead, she was told to stay home and relax.
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A few days later, the palace gave more insight into what was going on. “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.
Last week, expert Robert Jobson believed that the Queen would be well-rested in time for the big outing.
"She is determined to host world leaders at COP26 in Glasgow at the end of the month," he shared. "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."
"She is a robust lady, a dedicated lady, and a brilliant wise head of state," he continued. "She must, therefore, recognize, as her late husband did, that she is only human and she must pace herself going forward — for all our sakes."
Going forward, the royal family may have a different tactic when the Queen attends to her duties.
"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."
Jobson added, "Her schedule has been tailored to take her great age into consideration. But nobody can account for daily changes in an elderly person’s physical health. One day they can feel great, the next dreadful. Since emerging from lockdown and the death of her husband, the Queen has thrown herself into work and had a busy schedule. This month, since returning from her annual summer break in Balmoral, she seems to have been a constant presence in our newspapers and online."