Queen to miss Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow


The Queen has stepped down from hosting a major reception for world leaders at the Cop26 climate change summit, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The 95-year-old monarch was due to visit Scotland for the high-level engagement on Monday, but will now record a speech later this week which will be broadcast in a video message to delegates.

It is understood that the Queen strongly wishes that Cop26 be a success and lead to significant action on the part of the participating nations.

It is hoped that no world leader will use the absence of the head of state as a reason for not attending the world summit in Glasgow.

A palace spokesperson said: “Following the rest advice, the Queen undertook light duties at Windsor Castle.

“His Majesty has unfortunately decided not to travel to Glasgow to attend the Cop26 reception on Monday November 1st.

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

The Queen underwent preliminary tests in hospital on October 20 during her first overnight stay in a medical facility in eight years.

The Queen pictured with Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) at her final in-person event at a reception at Windsor Castle for Global Investment Conference delegates (Alastair Grant / PA)

She took a rest following medical advice to cancel her two-day trip to Northern Ireland last week.

But she returned to work on Tuesday, performing virtual hearings from Windsor Castle, her first official engagements in seven days, after being ordered to rest by medics.

The Queen follows the advice to rest and perform only light chores, and remains in a good mood.

After her virtual audiences with Gunn Kim, Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, and Swiss Ambassador Markus Leitner, the Queen is awaiting an appeal from the Chancellor on Tuesday evening.

Rishi Sunak will address the Queen on the eve of her budget, a tradition that dates back a few years.

The public at Buckingham Palace

The Queen appears on a screen via video link from Windsor Castle during a virtual audience to receive the Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (Victoria Jones / PA)

The Queen is also expected to make light engagements in the coming days.

Concern for her will be great, given her age, and she is being looked after by her medical family, her expert team of royal doctors.

The Queen was due to attend events in Glasgow as part of a series of Cop26 engagements from the Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from 1 to November 5.

On the Royal Family’s website, the Queen was listed as attending a reception on November 1 as part of the climate change conference.

Since returning from Balmoral, the Queen’s schedule has been busy throughout October and her first hospital stay has been kept under wraps and was only confirmed by the palace when was revealed by The Sun.

The Queen first used a cane in a major engagement at a service at Westminster Abbey on October 12 and on Sunday she missed a church service in Windsor.

Buckingham Palace wouldn’t say if the monarch has received her Covid-19 booster, but given her age, it is likely that she has already had it.

Joe Little, editor of Majesty magazine, said the public was once again an encouraging sign of a “more visible” queen.

Mr Little said: “It’s encouraging as she hasn’t been seen in public for a week and now we see her back at work.

“Although she has worked on her boxes behind the scenes, he is again the most visible monarch.”


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