Queen Elizabeth cancels COP26 attendance 'on medical advice' | Inquirer News
Close  

Queen Elizabeth cancels COP26 attendance ‘on medical advice’

/ 02:55 PM October 27, 2021
queen elizabeth ii

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Boris Johnson greet guests at a reception for the Global Investment Summit in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain, October 19, 2021. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

LONDON — Britain’s 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth II will not attend the COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow, after “advice to rest” from doctors following an overnight hospital stay, her Buckingham Palace office said Tuesday.

“Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow” for a November 1 reception, the palace said in a statement.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message,” the statement added.

The queen worked a busy schedule in early October but cancelled a visit to Northern Ireland last week on medical advice.

FEATURED STORIES

On Thursday, she spent the night at the private Edward VII hospital in London for “preliminary investigations”.

The hospital stay  — her first since 2013 — and the palace’s delay in revealing it have raised fears over her health, given her age.

But the queen resumed official duties Tuesday, greeting new ambassadors to Britain in video audiences from Windsor castle west of London.

The announcement of her non-attendance at COP26 came just hours later.

‘At 95 there are limits’

Until her hospital stay this month, she had participated almost daily in official engagements. She was recently seen walking with a cane.

The Queen’s trip to the UN climate conference had been eagerly awaited, as the royal family has become very engaged in environmental issues in recent weeks.

Elizabeth II herself shed her usual reserve in mid-October by expressing her irritation with world leaders who “talk” but “don’t do” enough about climate change, in an apparent jibe at those not even attending the upcoming COP26 summit.

ADVERTISEMENT

More than 120 world leaders are expected to attend the biggest climate summit since the 2015 Paris talks on November 1-2, but China’s President Xi Jinping and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will be conspicuously absent.

Elizabeth II has reigned since 1952 and will celebrate her platinum jubilee next year. She is already the longest-reigning British monarch.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said the British sovereign would be “very disappointed to miss the climate event in Glasgow.

“But I think it’s only a sensible taking into account the fact that she’s been advised to rest,” he added.

A source close to the monarch told the Sunday Times that Elizabeth II was “exhausted” due to her busy schedule. According to the newspaper, she has given up her lunchtime gin and Dubonnet and her evening Martini on medical advice.

She has stopped travelling abroad, being represented instead by her son and heir Prince Charles, 72.

“Clearly at 95, there are limits,” said Fitzwilliams.

The Queen’s husband Prince Philip, who was formally known as the Duke of Edinburgh, died on April 9 aged 99, just weeks short of his 100th birthday and after a period of illness.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Britain, Climate Change, COP26, Health, Queen Elizabeth, Royals
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.