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Queen could miss Remembrance Sunday as doctors urge her to rest for weeks

Queen advised by doctors to rest for two weeks

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A statement from Buckingham Palace notes that doctors have advised Queen Elizabeth II should rest for at least the next two weeks. Doctors have advised that Her Majesty can continue to undertake “light, desk-based duties” at this time including virtual audiences.

The rest period will mean the 95-year-old monarch will be unable to attend the Festival of Remembrance, taking place on Saturday, November 13.

The event is hosted annually by the Royal British Legion, and is described as a “commemorative event dedicated to all those that have served and sacrificed from Britain and the Commonwealth”.

The event, held typically at the Royal Albert Hall in London, usually sees members of the Royal Family in attendance.

A statement from the Palace states that the Queen still hopes to attend the Remembrance Sunday service taking place the following day, November 14.

It is understood the Queen remains in good spirits and recorded her COP26 speech on Friday afternoon, which is expected to be played to delegates on Monday.

A statement issued by Buckingham Palace said: “Following on from their recent advice that The Queen should rest for a few days, Her Majesty’s doctors have advised that she should continue to rest for at least the next two weeks.

“The doctors have advised that Her Majesty can continue to undertake light, desk-based duties during this time, including some virtual Audiences, but not to undertake any official visits.

“Her Majesty regrets that this means she will be unable to attend the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday, November 13.

“However, it remains the Queen’s firm intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, on November 14.”

The news comes after Her Majesty pulled out of appearing at the COP26 climate change summit next week.

On Tuesday, a statement was released by the Palace confirming that she would not be travelling to Scotland with other members of the Royal Family.

Her Majesty was expected to host a reception for world leaders including US President Joe Biden, but reportedly this duty will now fall to her son and heir Prince Charles, 72.

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On Thursday, she was seen in her first public appearance – albeit virtually – since withdrawing from the event.

Pictures released by the palace showed the monarch undertaking a virtual audience with English poet and author David Constantine.

The monarch presented him with The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and joked with Mr Constantine about his plans for the medal by saying: “I don’t know what you do with it. Do you put it in a cupboard?”

In the short clip released by the Palace, the Queen can also be seen joking about having to speak to him via video link saying: “I’m very glad to have the chance to see you, if only mechanically this morning!”

The Queen wore a floral dress for the occasion and accessorized her outfit with her signature pearl necklace and a sparkly brooch.

In recent weeks, the sovereign has been unwell and was taken to hospital for tests earlier this month.

She spent a night in hospital for the first time in eight years after she visited King Edward VII’s hospital in London for “preliminary investigations”.

It meant she had to cancel a two-day trip to Northern Ireland.

The last in-person public engagement for the monarch was on October 19, when she hosted a reception for the Global Investment Summit at Windsor Castle.

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