Queen’s absence at COP26 would be a ‘big deal’ in wake of health scare

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THE QUEEN has been branded a “bigger draw” than Boris Johnson, as her doctors and Palace officials hope for a swift recovery to ensure her attendance at the global climate summit.

Buckingham Palace and the Queen’s medical team have a week and a half “to make her right again” in order to ensure the 95-year-old monarch is able to attend the important COP26 summit in Glasgow. The Queen and other senior Royal Family members are expected to be at the climate change meeting next week but her recent health issues have sparked fears Her Majesty could miss out on the important engagement.

The Queen fell ill last Wednesday

The Queen fell ill last Wednesday and stayed overnight at hospital (Image: GETTY )

Speaking on the Royal Rota podcast, ITVs royal editor Chris Ship said: “She’s still planning to go to COP26, that’s the end of next week.

“If you remember the pictures of her at the G7 summit, she kind of enjoys hosting world leaders, I think they enjoy it when she’s at an event.

“I’m not getting political here but I’m sure the Queen has a greater draw than Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, for many people.

“We know that Prince Charles and Prince William are going to go there, but at the moment that is the next scheduled engagement that we’re aware of for her, although we do know of some investitures next week, but we simply don’t know which member of the Royal Family is going to take part in them.”

Her Majesty with world leaders at the G7 summit

Her Majesty with Boris Johnson and Joe Biden at the G7 summit (Image: GETTY)

It has recently been reported that in future engagements, the Queen will always be accompanied one of her children or grandchildren, in order to ensure that the public won’t be let down in the event of future health scares or medical emergencies.

Chris Ship continued: “I mean it would be a big deal if she wasn’t at COP for example, so I think they’ve got themselves a week and a half to make her right again.”

Since returning from her summer break in Balmoral, the Queen has maintained a busy schedule, and has travelled to both Cardiff and Edinburgh to open the Welsh and Scottish Parliaments.

She had also hosted an investment summit for international business leaders at Windsor Castle, attended a service at Westminster Abbey and launched the baton relay for the Commonwealth Games.

However, last Wednesday it was announced that she would no longer be travelling to Northern Ireland for a two-day tour, and had “reluctantly” accepted medical advice to rest.

After a leak was given to the Sun newspaper, Buckingham Palace issued a following statement on the Thursday to say: “Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits.”

The Queen had travelled by car to King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone and was treated by a team of specialists.

It is understood that her illness is not Covid-19 related and she is currently resting at Windsor Castle.

She also missed a church service yesterday at All Saints Chapel in Windsor as she continued to follow medical guidance.

The next engagement in the Queen’s upcoming diary is the COP26 summit, where she is expected to host a diplomatic reception and greet world leaders. Her two heirs, Prince Charles and Prince William, are due to give speeches and to conduct meetings with business leaders to encourage a sustainable future.

In June, she had attended the G7 summit in Cornwall, where she was seen conversing with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron. She later invited the US President and his wife Jill Biden to Windsor Castle for afternoon tea.

The Queen is also due to embark on a busy year of engagements as the Royal Family prepare to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee next June.

After ascending to the throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-serving monarch in British history.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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