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Queen’s pictures ‘really important for Palace’ to show royal taking care of herself

Queen seen driving 'is important for Palace' says host

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Recent photographs of the Queen driving around the grounds of Windsor Castle have helped diminish concerns over the 95-year-old monarch’s health after she cancelled her scheduled visit to the COP26 summit due to an unknown illness. A royal correspondent said that the Palace had decided that “her rest comes before the important diplomatic work”, as she instead participated in a recorded video message for the assembled delegates, calling on them to “rise above the politics” to tackle the climate crisis. 

Earlier on Monday, Her Majesty was spotted driving alone in her Jaguar around the Windsor Estate, wearing sunglasses and a headscarf. 

Sky News royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills said: “I think these pictures are really important for the Palace, of course they were captured by a photographer.

“We’ve seen her driving around Windsor, so while there has understandably been concern after last week, we’ve now heard that doctors have told her that she needs to rest for a couple of weeks.

“I think ultimately they’ve decided that her rest comes before the important diplomatic work, despite the fact that she ‘regretfully’ decided she couldn’t come to the reception.

“Also I think it is all about making sure that she is well enough to attend Remembrance Sunday and be there at the Cenotaph. 

“But there is no doubt that what she has said this evening will resonate with all those leaders, as they try and achieve that true sense of statesmanship and try to come together to reach some kind of consensus.”

The Queen had been due to travel to Glasgow to attend a diplomatic reception last night, where she would have greeted world leaders who had travelled for the crucial climate summit. 

However, she was forced to pull out of her planned appearance on doctors’ orders, having been advised to rest for two weeks.

Queen 'looks tired' in COP26 speech says host

Instead, a recorded video message was played at the beginning of the reception, with the Queen urging assembled delegates to act for the sake of “our children, and our children’s children”.

The recording had been made on Friday afternoon with the monarch wearing a bright green dress and her signature pearl necklace, with a photograph of her late husband Prince Philip in the background.

She spoke warmly of the Duke of Edinburgh’s interest in the environment, saying: “I remember well that in 1969, he told an academic gathering: “If the world pollution situation is not critical at the moment, it is as certain as anything can be that the situation will become increasingly intolerable within a very short time. 

“If we fail to cope with this challenge, all the other problems will pale into insignificance.

“It is a source of great pride to me that the leading role my husband played in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet, lives on through the work of our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William. I could not be more proud of them.”

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The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge are both renowned environmental campaigners, and were present at the evening reception last night where Prince Charles took to the stage to give a speech. 

After welcoming world leaders to Glasgow, Her Majesty added: “It has sometimes been observed that what leaders do for their people today is government and politics. But what they do for the people of tomorrow — that is statesmanship.

“I, for one, hope that this conference will be one of those rare occasions where everyone will have the chance to rise above the politics of the moment, and achieve true statesmanship.” 

The Queen is currently resting at Windsor Castle where she will be undertaking “light, desk-based duties” over the coming two weeks. 

It has been made clear that her illness is not Covid-related and Palace officials said it was her “firm intention” to attend the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, one of the most important dates in the royal calendar. 

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