Queen cancels trip to COP26 climate change conference after health scare

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Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Queen will not be attending the COP26 global climate change summit in Glasgow following her recent hospital stay.

The 95-year-old monarch was due to travel to Scotland for the high-profile engagement on Monday November 1.

A statement from the palace tonight read: "Following advice to rest, The Queen has been undertaking light duties at Windsor Castle. Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the Evening Reception of COP26 on Monday, 1st November.

"Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the Reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message."

The head of state faced preliminary tests in hospital on October 20 during her first overnight stay at a medical facility in eight years.

She has been resting following medical advice to cancel her two-day trip to Northern Ireland.

But she returned to work on Tuesday, carrying out virtual audiences from Windsor Castle – her first official engagements in seven days since she was ordered to rest by doctors.

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said it was an encouraging sign of a "more visible" Queen again.

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Mr Little said: "Clearly it's business as usual as far as the Queen is concerned that the audiences continue in this way for the time being.

"It's what she will expect to be doing and what people would expect her to be doing under the circumstances.

"But it is encouraging because she hasn't been seen publicly for a week and now we're seeing her back at work.

"Although she has been working on her boxes behind the scenes, this is the more visible monarch again."

Her majesty is currently being looked after by the Medical Household, made up of her expert team of royal physicians.

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It comes after the Queen was forced to give up her daily "tonic" of walking her dogs after leaving hospital.

The Queen owns two corgi puppies and a dorgi Candy, which her friends and family say has helped keep her healthy due to taking them for walks.

It is believed to be one of the highlights of her day, when she is driven to walk her dogs on her Windsor estate near Frogmore.

But sources have since told the Daily Mail that her dogs are currently being walked by her staff after she was told to rest by doctors.

Buckingham Palace recently said that the Queen "remains in good spirits" after returning home from her hospital visit last week.

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