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Queen will NOT go to Cop26 summit

The Queen will not attend the Cop26 climate change reception in Glasgow on Monday after spending a night in hospital in London last week, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The 95-year-old sovereign was due to travel to Scotland for the high-profile engagement on November 1 to greet world leaders from 120 countries including US President Joe Biden. 

Aides had hoped that the head of state would be able to lead the Royal Family at the summit next week, either in person or via videolink. And earlier today she returned to work, carrying out virtual audiences from Windsor Castle where she is resting on doctors’ orders.

However, a Palace spokesman said that the head of state has ‘regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the evening reception’. A statement said: ‘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.’

The head of state faced preliminary tests in hospital on October 20 during her first overnight stay at the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in eight years.

Queen Elizabeth II (pictured) during a reception for delegates of the Global Investment Conference at Windsor Castle on Tuesday October 19, 2021

The Queen was photographed at Windsor Castle today in a picture released on the royal family's social media accounts. The monarch was shown side on, smiling as she sat in a chair with her hands in her lap, in front of her large computer screen. On the table were the Queen's folded glasses and several pages of typed briefing notes for the audiences

The Queen was photographed at Windsor Castle today in a picture released on the royal family’s social media accounts. The monarch was shown side on, smiling as she sat in a chair with her hands in her lap, in front of her large computer screen. On the table were the Queen’s folded glasses and several pages of typed briefing notes for the audiences

Queen Elizabeth II appears on a screen via videolink from Windsor Castle this morning

Queen Elizabeth II appears on a screen via videolink from Windsor Castle this morning

Queen Elizabeth II hosted a reception for international business and investment leaders at Windsor Castle on October 19

Queen Elizabeth II hosted a reception for international business and investment leaders at Windsor Castle on October 19

It is understood the trip to the private King Edward VII's Hospital in London (pictured) on Wednesday afternoon was expected to be for a short stay for some 'preliminary investigations'

It is understood the trip to the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in London (pictured) on Wednesday afternoon was expected to be for a short stay for some ‘preliminary investigations’ 

She has been resting following medical advice to cancel her two-day trip to Northern Ireland. 

The Queen had a busy schedule of engagements in the first weeks of October following her return from Balmoral.

Her hospital stay was kept a secret and only confirmed by the Palace when it was revealed by a newspaper.

Last week the BBC’s veteran Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell faced a backlash last night after questioning whether Buckingham Palace undermined public trust by failing to reveal the Queen had been admitted to hospital.

In forthright comments, Mr Witchell said that journalists and the public had not been ‘given the complete picture’.

He added: ‘The problem, it seems to me, is that rumour and misinformation always thrive in the absence of proper, accurate and trustworthy information.’ 

But his remarks provoked criticism online. ‘Nicholas Witchell is honestly so infuriating,’ one Royal watcher wrote on Twitter. ‘The Queen is 95 and like most her age, she’ll be in and out of hospital for various tests because that’s what happens at that age no matter how fit you are. She doesn’t need to disclose her every move, let her have some dignity.’

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘He’s a pompous a***, full of his own self importance. Bring back Jennie Bond. She was classy.’

A third asked: ‘Since when has the Queen been answerable to Nicholas Witchell?’

A BBC stalwart, Mr Witchell, 68, famously provoked royal displeasure in 2005 when, during a press conference in the Swiss ski resort of Klosters, he asked Prince Charles about his forthcoming marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles.

Under his breath, Charles was heard to mutter to Princes William and Harry: ‘I can’t bear that man. I mean, he’s so awful, he really is.’ 

Her Majesty’s return to duties today comes after it emerged she has not been able to enjoy her daily walk with her dogs for almost a week after being told to rest by doctors. 

Sources say the Queen has been taking the doctors’ orders to rest seriously after she was kept in hospital overnight last Wednesday for ‘preliminary investigations’.

One of the highlights of her day is being driven to walk her dogs near Frogmore on her Windsor estate, where her grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle once lived.

Family and friends believe these daily excursions are a ‘tonic’ and have helped keep the Queen so healthy. 

But the dogs have been walked by staff since her hospital stay.

The Queen was seen using a walking stick for the first time at a major engagement during a Westminster Abbey service on October 12.

On Thursday October 21, she was said to be in ‘good spirits’ after her hospital stay and back at her desk, undertaking light duties.

But she missed a church service at Windsor on Sunday.

Royal sources had briefed the Sunday Times that the Queen was ‘knackered’ due to a busy social life and preference for late night television, as having a hectic run of engagements in October.

The Queen’s husband of 73 years the Duke of Edinburgh died six months ago at the age of 99.

Buckingham Palace would not comment on whether the monarch has received her booster Covid-19 jab, but given her age it is likely she has already had it.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said today: ‘Her Majesty The Queen today conducted two virtual audiences via video link from Windsor Castle.

‘His Excellency Mr Gunn Kim was received in audience by The Queen today via video link 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.

‘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.’ 

The Queen’s busy schedule before a night in hospital 

The Queen attended a number of engagements before spending a night in hospital on Wednesday last week. She was ordered to rest by doctors and advised to miss a trip to Northern Ireland following her busy schedule.

Here is what the 95-year-old monarch has been up to since her return to Windsor Castle at the start of October:

– October 6: The Queen holds two virtual audiences at Windsor with the Greek ambassador and the ambassador for Belize.

She meets Canadian troops from 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, and later has a telephone audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

– October 7: The Queen, with the Earl of Wessex, launches the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games from the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

– October 12: The Queen, accompanied by the Princess Royal, attends a Westminster Abbey service of thanksgiving to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion.

She uses a walking stick at the abbey – the first time she has done so at a major event.

– October 13: The monarch has a face-to-face audience with pianist Dame Imogen Cooper to present her with the Queen’s Medal for Music. She also holds three other audiences.

– October 14: On an away day to Cardiff, the Queen delivers a speech at the sixth session of the Welsh Senedd.

– October 16: The Queen enjoys a day at the races at Ascot, and presents the trophy after the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes during the Qipco British Champions Day.

– October 18: She holds a virtual audience with the new Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Cindy Kiro.

– October 19: The Queen has three engagements – two virtual audiences with the Japanese ambassador and the EU ambassador, and then hosts an evening reception at Windsor Castle to mark the Global Investment Summit.

This is a breaking news story. More to follow 


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