Queen cancels trip to Northern Ireland on medical advice

The Queen continues to be anticipated to meet world leaders on the Cop26 local weather change convention in Glasgow regardless of cancelling a trip to Northern Ireland after she ‘reluctantly accepted medical advice to relaxation for the following few days’.

The 95-year-old monarch – who has been seen utilizing a strolling stick at engagements over the previous week – is claimed to be in good spirits however disillusioned not to have the ability to perform the two-day trip, which was due to start at the moment.

The Queen has had a busy few days and hosted a serious international funding summit at Windsor Castle yesterday night. She additionally had engagements final week at the Welsh Senedd in Cardiff and Westminster Abbey in London. 

The Queen is now resting at Windsor Castle and continues to be anticipated at this stage to attend occasions linked to the Cop26 occasion on the finish of this month. A Buckingham Palace spokesman stated in a press release issued shortly after 11am this morning: ‘The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to relaxation for the following few days. 

‘Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disillusioned that she’s going to not have the ability to go to Northern Ireland, the place she had been due to undertake a sequence of engagements at the moment and tomorrow. The Queen sends her warmest good needs to the individuals of Northern Ireland, and appears ahead to visiting sooner or later.’

A royal supply stated there was ‘no trigger for warning’ in regards to the Queen’s well being – and her resolution is known not to be associated to coronavirus. Her situation has not been revealed.

The Queen is double-vaccinated, having been given her first jab by a family physician at Windsor Castle on January 9 and her second on the finish of March forward of what was her first public look in 5 months.

Buckingham Palace wouldn’t remark on whether or not the top of state had acquired her booster Covid-19 jab, however given her age it’s possible she has already had it. 

Today’s information follows reviews over the weekend in Vanity Fair that the Queen had been instructed to cease consuming alcohol by royal docs, who had been stated to have suggested her to forgo a drink aside from particular events.  

The Queen carried out 136 engagements in individual or by way of videolink over 130 days final year regardless of the pandemic, with solely Princess Anne (148 over 145 days) and Prince Charles (146 over 141 days) finishing extra. 

Queen Elizabeth II meets attendees at a reception for Global Investment Conference delegates at Windsor Castle yesterday

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was among the many friends invited to the Queen’s Berkshire dwelling yesterday night

Yesterday — The Queen seems on a display screen by way of videolink from Windsor Castle, the place she is in residence, throughout a digital viewers to obtain the Ambassador from Japan, Hajime Hayashi (centre), and Haruko Hayashi (left), at Buckingham Palace

Prince Charles continued to work at the moment – as he made Mary Berry a Dame Commander throughout an investiture at Windsor Castle

Yesterday, it was revealed the Queen had turned down the Oldie of the Year trophy as a result of she feels she doesn’t meet the standards, believing ‘you’re solely as previous as you are feeling’.

The Queen, who’s simply 5 years away from her one centesimal birthday, is due to have fun her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – subsequent year.

Queen’s engagements over the previous fortnight

Yesterday — Reception for Global Investment Conference delegates at Windsor Castle 

Yesterday —  Virtual viewers at Windsor Castle for the Japanese ambassador Hajime Hayashi and EU ambassador Joao de Almeida at Buckingham Palace

Monday –  The Queen holds a digital viewers with the brand new governor-general of New Zealand

October 16 — The Queen is inducted into the British Champions Series Hall of Fame in Ascot Racecourse 

October 14 — She makes use of a strolling stick as she attends the opening ceremony of the Welsh Senedd in Cardiff

October 13 — Dame Imogen Cooper is introduced with The Queen’s Medal for Music at Buckingham Palace

October 12 — The Queen makes use of a strolling stick as she attends a service at Westminster Abbey in London 

October 10 — She goes to The Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor as she returns to Sunday morning church 

October 7 — Prince Edward and the Queen attend the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022, the XXII Commonwealth Games, at Buckingham Palace

October 6 — Meets members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery to mark the one hundred and fiftieth Anniversary of the inspiration of A and B Batteries, at Windsor Castle

She nonetheless retains a busy diary of occasions and audiences and offers along with her day by day crimson containers of official papers. 

The Queen held two audiences yesterday by way of video hyperlink from Windsor Castle, greeting the Japanese ambassador Hajime Hayashi and the EU ambassador Joao de Almeida, adopted by the funding summit within the night.

Among these on the Windsor reception for billionaire business leaders, presidential envoys and tech entrepreneurs had been Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, US local weather envoy John Kerry, Poppy Gustafsson, chief govt of cyber safety agency Darktrace, and Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, managing director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. 

Today, England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty urged individuals to get vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 or take up the supply of a booster shot.

He additionally harassed the significance of sporting masks in crowded indoor areas after the NHS Confederation referred to as for the introduction of ‘Plan B’ measures which might make face coverings obligatory in some settings in England.

At the weekend, the Queen loved a day on the races at Ascot, and on Monday held a digital viewers with the brand new governor-general of New Zealand.

Last week, she travelled to Cardiff to ship a speech on the ceremonial opening of the sixth Welsh Senedd in Cardiff.

The Queen’s husband of 73 years the Duke of Edinburgh died in April on the age of 99.

The monarch has been pictured out and about on the Royal Windsor Horse Show and Ascot within the months since, and nonetheless enjoys driving her personal ponies.

Last week, she used a strolling stick for what’s believed to be the primary time at a serious public occasion when she attended a service marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion. 

She had beforehand been photographed utilizing a cane in 2003, however that was after she underwent knee surgical procedure. 

The Queen had been due to arrive in Hillsborough, County Down, at the moment the place she was scheduled to meet with locals together with schoolchildren after the village was formally named Royal Hillsborough. 

October 16 — Queen Elizabeth II attends Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire

October 14 — Queen Elizabeth II makes use of a strolling stick attends the opening ceremony of the Welsh Senedd in Cardiff

October 13 — Dame Imogen Cooper is acquired by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, London, the place she was introduced with The Queen’s Medal for Music for 2019

October 12 — Queen Elizabeth II makes use of a strolling stick as she arrives to attend a service at Westminster Abbey in London

It was the primary village or city in Northern Ireland to be granted royal standing. The Queen was additionally due to attend a church service in Armagh tomorrow to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland’s formation. 

Queen faces busy schedule of royal duties six months on from dying of her husband Philip

The Queen, who’s underneath docs’ orders to relaxation at Windsor, has a bumper programme of celebrations to put together for subsequent year.

The monarch is gearing up for her milestone Platinum Jubilee, with a weekend of festivities being held subsequent summer time.

The four-day royal extravaganza in June – with an additional Bank Holiday – contains Trooping the Colour, a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, a go to to the Epsom Derby, a dwell live performance at Buckingham Palace and a Jubilee Pageant.

The medical advice to the Queen to spend just a few days resting comes simply six months after the dying of her beloved husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen was left bereft on the lack of her lifelong companion Philip, who died in his sleep on the age of 99, and was pictured sitting alone amid Covid restrictions at his funeral.

After the duke’s dying, she shortly returned to official engagements – at an age when most individuals would have retired greater than 30 years earlier.

She continued along with her duties as she has all the time pledged to do, and inside weeks appeared in public for the State Opening of Parliament.

The Queen has saved busy and because the Covid restrictions lifted, she was out and about having fun with her favorite pastimes, visiting the Royal Windsor Horse present and going to the races.

In the previous two weeks, the monarch has attended a service at Westminster Abbey, opened the Welsh Senedd session in Cardiff, been to Ascot, and hosted a serious international funding summit night reception at Windsor.

In the following few weeks and months, the 95-year-old head of state is ready to journey to Glasgow for the high-profile Cop26 local weather change convention, attend Remembrance Sunday on the Cenotaph after which file her Christmas Day broadcast to the nation, amongst different occasions.

Her Cop26 go to continues to be stated to be on the playing cards, and the announcement on Wednesday is just not stated to be Covid-related.

Buckingham Palace stated the monarch was in good spirits and that she was disillusioned to pull out of a two-day trip to Northern Ireland on the day it was due to start.

She formally reaches her Platinum Jubilee on February 6 – the date when she acceded to the throne after the dying of her father King George VI in 1952.

Generally, the Queen is thought for her sturdy well being despite the fact that she is simply 5 years away from her one centesimal birthday.

In January 2020, she missed her annual go to to the Sandringham Women’s Institute due to a slight chilly.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Queen retreated to Windsor Castle for her security, the place she was joined by Philip in lockdown.

The couple had been weak to Covid-19 due to their superior age, however had been protected by ‘HMS Bubble’ – their decreased family of about 20 employees.

The monarch served as a logo of nationwide stability throughout the disaster, delivering two uncommon televised addresses to the nation simply weeks aside. She reassured the nation that the virus can be overcome, telling these in isolation: ‘We will meet once more.’ 

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis tweeted: ‘Wishing Her Majesty The Queen all the perfect as she takes just a few days’ relaxation. I look ahead to meeting her in Northern Ireland sooner or later.’

DUP chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson additionally tweeted his greatest needs. ‘We thank Her Majesty for her good needs to the individuals of Northern Ireland and belief that she’s going to preserve effectively and profit from a interval of relaxation,’ he tweeted.

‘It is all the time a pleasure to have Her Majesty in Royal Hillsborough and we glance ahead to an extra go to within the close to future.’

The church service in Armagh grew to become the centre of a row final month after the president of Ireland Michael D Higgins declined an invite to attend as a result of he believed it was not politically impartial.

The Irish authorities might be represented on the service by Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney and chief whip Jack Chambers.

The prayer service has been organised by the 4 major church buildings in Northern Ireland. Church leaders expressed sorrow after studying the Queen wouldn’t be attending.

‘We are very sorry to study that it’s going to not be potential for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to be current for the Service of Reflection and Hope in Armagh tomorrow,’ they stated in a press release.

‘We want to convey to Her Majesty our good needs and, in doing so, to acknowledge the importance of her dedication to the work of peace and reconciliation, which has meant an incredible deal to individuals all through this island.

‘We hope that tomorrow’s service will present a possibility to additional that work, with an emphasis on our shared hopes for the longer term.’

The assertion was signed by Presbyterian Moderator David Bruce, Church of Ireland Primate John McDowell, Catholic Primate Eamon Martin, President of the Irish Council of Churches Ivan Patterson and President of the Methodist Church in Ireland Sahr Yambasu.   

As effectively dealing with the duke’s dying, the Queen and the royal household have endured a few of their most turbulent occasions in fashionable historical past in recent times.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex plunged the monarchy into disaster with their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, whereas Philip was in hospital.

Harry and Meghan accused an unnamed member of the household of racism in direction of their son Archie earlier than he was born, and the establishment of failing to assist the suicidal duchess.

The pair stop as senior working royals in 2020 in favour of extra freedom and the power to earn their very own money within the US.

Harry stated he felt let down by his father the Prince of Wales and that ‘there’s loads of harm that is occurred’ of their relationship, and his long-standing rift with the Duke of Cambridge has continued.

In the aftermath of the Oprah broadcast, the Queen issued a press release saying ‘whereas some recollections could range’, the problems can be taken ‘very critically’, however handled privately as a household.

The scandal that engulfed the Queen’s second son the Duke of York, who was compelled to step again from public duties in November 2019, moved up a gear this year.

Andrew had confronted mounting stress and calls to answer the FBI’s questions following his ‘automotive crash’ Newsnight interview about his friendship with convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein

His buddy Ghislaine Maxwell is to go on trial, charged with recruiting women for Epstein.

Then in August 2021, Virginia Giuffre, who says she was trafficked by Epstein, began authorized motion in opposition to Andrew for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17 and nonetheless a minor underneath US legislation.

Lawyers for Ms Giuffre filed the civil swimsuit searching for unspecified damages at a federal courtroom in New York.

She alleges she was sexually abused by Andrew at Maxwell’s dwelling in London, Epstein’s New York mansion and at different areas together with Epstein’s non-public Caribbean island Little St James. 

October 10 — Queen Elizabeth II is seen on her approach to The Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor as she returns to church

October 7 — Prince Edward and Queen Elizabeth II attend the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022, the XXII Commonwealth Games, at Buckingham Palace

October 6 — Queen Elizabeth II gestures as she meets members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery to mark the one hundred and fiftieth Anniversary of the inspiration of A and B Batteries, at Windsor Castle

October 4 — The Queen is proven the baton that can carry her personal message at Buckingham Palace in London forward of the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

October 2 — Queen Elizabeth II shakes palms with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall seems on on the opening of the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament

October 1 — The Queen and Prince Charles stroll to the Balmoral Cricket Pavilion to plant a tree to mark the beginning of the official planting season for the Queen’s Green Canopy on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland

Andrew categorically denies he had any type of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre.

Political and church leaders want Queen effectively 

Political leaders have wished the Queen effectively following the cancellation of her go to to Northern Ireland this week. 

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis tweeted: ‘Wishing Her Majesty The Queen all the perfect as she takes just a few days’ relaxation. I look ahead to meeting her in Northern Ireland sooner or later.’

DUP chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson additionally tweeted his greatest needs. ‘We thank Her Majesty for her good needs to the individuals of Northern Ireland and belief that she’s going to preserve effectively and profit from a interval of relaxation,’ he tweeted. ‘It is all the time a pleasure to have Her Majesty in Royal Hillsborough and we glance ahead to an extra go to within the close to future.’ 

Church leaders expressed sorrow after studying the Queen wouldn’t be attending.

‘We are very sorry to study that it’s going to not be potential for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to be current for the Service of Reflection and Hope in Armagh tomorrow,’ they stated in a press release. 

‘We want to convey to Her Majesty our good needs and, in doing so, to acknowledge the importance of her dedication to the work of peace and reconciliation, which has meant an incredible deal to individuals all through this island.

‘We hope that tomorrow’s service will present a possibility to additional that work, with an emphasis on our shared hopes for the longer term.’

Despite the royals’ issues, there have additionally been occasions of celebration, with the Queen welcoming a number of latest great-grandchildren. 

Princess Eugenie gave start to her first little one, a son referred to as August, in February 2021 and Zara Tindall welcomed her third, Lucas, who was born at dwelling on the toilet flooring the month after.

Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet, who the Queen has but to meet in individual, arrived in June, and Princess Beatrice, who wed throughout the pandemic in a secret lockdown ceremony, had her daughter Sienna in September. 

Last night time, the Queen welcomed billionaire business leaders, presidential envoys and tech entrepreneurs to Windsor Castle for a reception following a Government funding summit. 

Mr Gates was among the many friends invited to the Queen’s Berkshire dwelling after the day-long convention in London aimed toward encouraging international funding by showcasing the very best of British innovation.

The Queen was joined by the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge on the reception, and met among the main figures within the fortress’s inexperienced drawing room earlier than the royals mingled extra broadly. 

Neither the royal household nor the friends had been sporting masks. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was due to be launched first, however he appeared after the Queen started welcoming her friends and took his place on the finish of the road.

In a foreword for the Global Investment Summit’s official brochure, the Queen stated she was ‘proud’ of how the UK is shifting in direction of a sustainable future however ‘there may be nonetheless rather more to do’.

The head of state additionally urged nations to ‘rise to the problem’ and avert the issues related to local weather change.

It comes after the monarch appeared to counsel final week she was irritated by a scarcity of motion in tackling local weather change.

In an overheard alternate following the opening of the Welsh Senedd she appeared to specific her exasperation just some weeks earlier than world leaders collect in Glasgow for Cop26.

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