Queen pulls out of Cop26 summit after advice to rest

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The Queen has pulled out of hosting a reception for world leaders at the Cop26 climate change summit, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The monarch, 95, was due to travel to Scotland for the high-profile engagement on Monday.

A Palace spokesman 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. Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message.”

Yesterday she carried out her first official engagement in seven days, conducting a virtual audience by video link with Kim Gunn, South Korea’s newly appointed ambassador to London.

It was the first time the Queen had made a public appearance since last Tuesday when she hosted an evening reception for a global investment conference.

She cancelled an appearance the following day in Northern Ireland and went instead to a private hospital in central London where she underwent “preliminary investigations” for an unspecified condition and stayed overnight. It was her first overnight stay at a medical facility in eight years.

The Queen, who was wearing a yellow dress and her three-strand pearl necklace, smiled during the audiences today.

She is being looked after by the Medical Household, her expert team of royal physicians, and is due to attend events in Scotland next week as part of a series of royal engagements at Cop26 that will include the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

On the royal family’s website, the Queen is still listed as attending a reception on November 1 as part of the climate change conference.

She had a busy schedule of engagements in the first weeks of October after her return from Balmoral. Her hospital stay was kept a secret and only confirmed by the Palace when it was revealed by The Sun newspaper.

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

On October 21 she was said to be in “good spirits” after her hospital stay and back at her desk, undertaking light duties. She missed a church service at Windsor on Sunday.

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

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