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Why has the Queen cancelled her Northern Ireland trip?

The Queen marks the Global Investment Summit at Windsor Castle

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The Queen has “reluctantly” cancelled a planned trip to Northern Ireland today – unable to attend engagements planned for both today and tomorrow. Instead, the 95-year-old monarch will be staying in the UK. But why has the Queen cancelled her Northern Ireland trip?

Why has the Queen cancelled her Northern Ireland trip?

The Queen has opted to stay at home and rest on the advice of her doctors.

According to a Buckingham Palace statement the Queen has “reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days”.

She has decided to rest after a busy few days – which included hosting a major Global Investment summit at Windsor Castle on Tuesday evening.

Buckingham Palace has said the Queen is in good spirits, however, she was disappointed at not being able to visit Northern Ireland.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days.

“Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow.

“The Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland and looks forward to visiting in the future.”

The Queen’s decision is understood not to be related to coronavirus.

After her summer break, the Queen has been incredibly busy, with royal commentators saying it is “not surprising” she has been advised to rest.

In recent weeks she has visited both Edinburgh and Cardiff to open their parliaments, and hosted guests at her Windsor Castle home.

This past weekend the Queen had a day at Ascot races and on Monday held a virtual audience with the new Governor-General of New Zealand.

On Tuesday, the Queen held two audiences via video link from Windsor Castle, greeting the Japanese ambassador Hajime Hayashi and the EU ambassador Joao de Almeida.

She later hosted the Global Investment investment summit in the evening.

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