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Queen Elizabeth to skip COP26 following hospital stay

Queen Elizabeth II will no longer be attending the COP26 climate conference in Scotland next week after receiving medical advice to rest following a recent hospital stay, Buckingham Palace has said.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the palace said the Queen had “regretfully decided” that she will no longer travel to the Glasgow event in accordance with medical advice.

“Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception,” Buckingham Palace said, adding that the Queen would instead be delivering an address at the event via a recorded video message.

The 95-year-old, who is the world’s longest-reigning monarch, stayed at London’s King Edward VII private hospital on Wednesday after undergoing “preliminary investigations” for an unspecified ailment, which was not related to Covid-19.

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It was the Queen’s first overnight hospital stay in years, but officials said she was in good spirits after the visit, with the monarch returning to light duties upon her return to Windsor Castle the next day.

The queen appears on a screen from Windsor Castle during a virtual audience to receive the Gunn Kim, South Korea’s ambassador, at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday.Victoria Jones / Pool via AP

Earlier on Tuesday, Buckingham Palace announced that Elizabeth had also conducted her first official engagements since her hospital stay.

The Queen held virtual audiences to welcome the new ambassadors to Britain from South Korea and Switzerland.

The monarch’s decision to cancel plans to attend COP26 come after she was forced to cancel another planned official trip to Northern Ireland last week after her medical team suggested she rest.