Queen Elizabeth II of Britain has been advised to rest for a minimum of two weeks by doctors and also she should not undertake any official visits, according to a statement issued by Buckingham Palace on Friday, 29th October.
The monarch was admitted to hospital for a day, a week back what was described as “preliminary investigations” by the spokesman. Her 24 hours stay in the hospital was not related to Covid.
The statement released by Palace said, “Her Majesty’s doctors have advised that she should continue to rest for at least the next two weeks. 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”.
Queen Elizabeth II of Britain Told By Doctors To Rest For At least Two Weeks
“Her Majesty regrets that this means she will be unable to attend the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday, 13th November. However, it remains The Queen’s firm intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, on 14th November,” the spokesman added.
The palace had earlier announced on 26th October, Tuesday that the Queen would not be able to appear in person at an evening reception for world leaders as the host of the COP26 summit scheduled for next week. However, she will address this through video conference.
As the head of state, representing Britain is the primary responsibility of the Queen’s constitutional role. The largest gathering of all world leaders on British soil and canceling her in-person appearance would have been a disappointment to the Queen for sure.
The recorded speech of the Queen on 29th Oct afternoon will be shown at the COP26 conference on Monday, the 1st of November according to sources.
The source was quick to add that the Queen “remains in good spirits” and continues “light duties.” As per the advice from doctors to take “sensible precaution” and her diary is very light for next week.
The 95-year old Queen was on a planned trip to Northern Ireland last week but had to cancel it following medical advice to rest. She also did a couple of virtual sessions with the South Korean and Swiss ambassadors to the UK.
The palace has not revealed detailed info about her health except for reiterating that the monarch was in good spirits and continue to undertake some duties.
There was a small clip from a video call released by the Palace on 28th Oct where she was seen joking with David Constantine, the 2020 winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. “I don’t know what you do with it… You put it in a cupboard?” she quipped.
In the month of October, the Queen decided to use a walking stick for the first time in public. Even though she does her ceremonial responsibilities but the long-haul tours have been handed over to other family members. The Queen has traveled for more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) across the UK in the last month.
Last week, a British magazine wanted to honor her with “Oldie of the Year” however it was declined politely by Queen citing she did not meet the eligibility criteria.