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Queen’s outburst at G20 summit as she rebuked Italian leader: ‘Does he have to shout?’

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Queen Elizabeth II, 95, has pulled out of her meetings with world leaders at the COP26 climate change conference, another key summit, which starts tomorrow. Her Majesty cancelled her face-to-face meetings with politicians earlier this week after she was advised to rest by doctors. Britain’s longest-serving monarch was admitted to hospital last week for medical checks.

She cancelled her visit to Northern Ireland the same day and has since returned to Windsor Castle.

The Queen’s spell in the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in London was not related to COVID-19.

Although she is unable to attend COP26 in person, the Queen conducted video calls with delegates of the environmental crunch talks via video link earlier this week.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “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, November 1.

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“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 is not scheduled to attend the G20 summit hosted by Italy today and tomorrow.

However, the monarch has met with the ‘Group of 20’ leaders before, including in London in 2009.

That edition of the annual summit saw the Queen tell off Italy’s then-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

As the monarch posed for a group photo with the world leaders, Mr Berlusconi appeared to shout “Mr Obama” as he tried to get the attention of the former US President.

The Queen was filmed turning around in frustration and throwing her arms in the air as she gave the Italian leader a dressing down.

The monarch reportedly said: “What is it? Why does he have to shout? Why!”

She was also quoted as saying: “Is this supposed to be a happy event?”

Several of the leaders burst out laughing at the Queen’s comments, including Mr Obama who was sitting just behind her.

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A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace refused to repeat the Queen’s remarks but said they had been “friendly”.

They added: “It was loud and jolly and very jovial, there were no gaffes and no offence taken.”

Mr Berlusconi’s office also dismissed the Italian’s controversial moment.

His spokesperson said he “never said what is attributed to him by news agencies regarding President Obama.”

This year’s G20 summit in the capital Rome is being seen as a precursor of the COP26 summit.

The economic recovery from the pandemic is expected to be top of the agenda for world leaders.

However, the conversation will also likely turn to the COP26 target for countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.

Last year’s G20 was held virtually due to the risk of the spread of COVID-19.
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