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‘Pragmatic’ Queen heeded doctors’ advice to avoid ‘overshadowing’ COP26 goal

Queen: Pragmatic decision made on COP26 says expert

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A royal expert has said that the Queen would have been “very careful” in making the decision to cancel her trip to Glasgow for the COP26 summit, due to her reluctance to draw attention from the conversations between world leaders. Ian Lloyd told Express.co.uk that Her Majesty believes in the “value of this conference” and would have realised that had she attended and fallen ill, she “would be the story” and would detract focus from the ongoing climate crisis debates. 

Mr Lloyd, a royal photographer, and biographer told Express.co.uk: “It was done on doctors advice and the final decision would be taken by the Queen herself.

“She’s a very practical and pragmatic person and I think she would realise that if she were to attend and for some reason not feel very well and have to curtail the visit or maybe not go ahead with it at the last minute, that would be the story and that could overshadow the proceedings.

“That’s something she definitely wouldn’t want because I think she and Prince Charles and Prince William believe very much in the value of this conference and I think she’ll be gutted that she’s not able to be present.

“I think at the same time, she’s very careful to take the right advice.”

The 95-year-old monarch announced on October 25 that she had “regretfully” decided to cancel her trip, following advice from her medical team. 

Her Majesty had been expected to travel to Glasgow for the opening of COP26 and was due to host a diplomatic reception on the evening of November 1. 

Representatives from 197 countries are due to arrive in Scotland for the two-week summit, with 120 world leaders expected to attend for the first few days. 

Discussions will revolve around the global response to climate change, with countries negotiating various deals to holding world temperature rises to “well below” 2C and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. 

Queen wants to ‘get on with things’ despite health says expert

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “Following advice to rest, the Queen has been undertaking light duties at Windsor Castle.

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

Prince Charles and Prince William, who are both renowned environmental campaigners, are scheduled to attend the event and will host world leaders on behalf of the Queen.

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge are also expected to arrive in Glasgow tomorrow. 

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When asked about the Queen’s condition, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I spoke to Her Majesty, as I do every week, this week and she’s on very good form.

“She’s just got to follow the advice of her doctors and get some rest and I think that’s the important thing. The whole country wishes her well.”

Her Majesty originally fell ill on October 20 and was forced to cancel her two-day tour of Northern Ireland. It was subsequently revealed that she had stayed overnight at King Edward VII hospital in Marylebone undergoing “preliminary investigations”. 

It has been made clear that her illness is not Covid-related and she has now cancelled the next two weeks of engagements to take time to rest at Windsor Castle.

However, the Palace has stated that it is her “firm intention” to attend the Remembrance Service on November 14 at the Cenotaph. 

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