Queen Elizabeth Advised to Rest ‘for at Least Two Weeks’

Queen Elizabeth II Opening Ceremony of the Sixth Session of the Senedd, Cardiff

Tim Rooke/Shutterstock Queen Elizabeth II         

Queen Elizabeth is easing up on her typically busy schedule.

“Following on from their recent advice that The Queen should rest for a few days, Her Majesty’s doctors have advised that she should continue to rest for at least the next two weeks,” Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement on Friday. 

“The doctors have advised that Her Majesty can continue to undertake light, desk-based duties during this time, including some virtual Audiences, but not to undertake any official visits,” the statement continued. “Her Majesty regrets that this means she will be unable to attend the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday, 13th November.” 

The statement concluded, “However, it remains The Queen’s firm intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, on 14th November.”

The extended rest comes just days after the palace confirmed the 95-year-old monarch “regretfully” will not attend next week’s COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. The Queen has also reportedly been given doctor’s orders in recent months to give up horse riding and martinis.

On October 12, she was accompanied by Princess Anne, 71, to a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey walking with the assistance of a cane for the first time since 2003, when she was recovering from knee surgery.

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Cambridge and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall, Stanford on Soar, Loughborough, where they met with patients and staff and had a tour of the gym and prosthetics workshop.

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Cambridge and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall, Stanford on Soar, Loughborough, where they met with patients and staff and had a tour of the gym and prosthetics workshop.

Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Images Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate Middleton         

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And though the Queen won’t travel to Scotland — instead, she has been staying at Windsor Castle and taking part in virtual meetings — the palace did confirm this week that Prince Charles, 73, and Prince William, 39, will head north this weekend with their wives Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 74, and Kate Middleton, 39, for the global climate summit.

In a preview for the COP26: In Your Hands documentary (which can be seen in the U.K. on Sky Kids, Sky News and NOW), Charles urged, “We have to operate in ways which can make nature thrive, not suffer.”

COP26 is taking place in Glasgow starting this Sunday through November 12 and will be attended by other world leaders, including Prince Albert of Monaco and his 6-year-old twins.

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