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Queen Elizabeth withdraws from COP26 climate summit after medical advice to rest

London – Queen Elizabeth II will not attend the next COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, following a medical notice of rest, Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday. The Queen spent a night in the hospital last week to undergo preliminary checks, according to the Palace – his first overnight stay in eight years.

“Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will convey a message to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

The 95-year-old Queen resumed her official engagements on Tuesday, hosting virtual events from Windsor Castle. It is however limited to light tasks, however canceling a recent planned trip to Northern Ireland. In recent weeks, she has been seen using a cane. His stay in hospital was only confirmed by the Palace after being reported by the tabloid press.

The Prince of Wales as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are still expected to attend the Glasgow climate summit.

The Press Association news agency reported that it was hoped world leaders would not use the Queen’s absence as an excuse not to attend the conference. She had previously been caught on video appearing to express her irritation at the lack of global action on climate change.

“Heard everything about the COP … still don’t know who’s coming … no idea,” she appeared to say in a video showing her talking with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. “We only know people who don’t come … It’s really annoying when they talk, but they don’t.”

On Tuesday, the Queen virtually received Korean Ambassador to the UK Gunn Kim and Swiss Ambassador to the UK Markus Leitner. Royal commentators were pleased to see the Queen resume her official duties.

“It’s encouraging because she hasn’t been seen in public for a week and now we see her back at work,” said Joe Little, editor of Majesty magazine, according to the Press Association. “Although she has worked on her boxes behind the scenes, he is again the most visible monarch.”


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