Queen health update: Why will Queen not attend COP26 summit next week? Statement in full

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The Queen was expected to visit Scotland next week for the COP26 summit in Glasgow. But Buckingham Palace has now confirmed the Queen will not be attending the event. The news comes after the Queen was admitted to a hospital on October 20 for “preliminary investigations”.

Why is the Queen not attending COP26 next week?

The Queen will follow “advice to rest” and miss the summit in Glasgow, according to Buckingham Palace.

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, 1st November.

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

The Queen stayed overnight in hospital last Wednesday, and she subsequently cancelled her two-day trip to Northern Ireland following medical advice.

The reason for the Queen’s hospital stay was unspecified, but not coronavirus-related.

The Queen was back at her desk last Thursday after her overnight stay at the hospital, the Palace said.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said late on Thursday night: “Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits.”

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