On medical advice, he abandoned his gin and his sweet Dubonnet lunch snack and even his traditional martini every afternoon. She was also seen walking with the help of a cane. And this Tuesday he announced that he will not attend the reception of the summit on the climate next Monday in Glasgow after having spent one night in the hospital last week to undergo “preliminary” examinations.
His subjects are wondering today what happens to Queen Elizabeth II, 95 years old and who in 2022 will celebrate the platinum wedding at the head of the British monarchy.
A week ago, the queen spent a night in the hospital and hours after resuming her activities by videoconference, she decided “despite herself” to cancel her trip to the COP26 on the climate that will be held between November 1 and 12 in Scotland.
What Buckingham Palace Said About Queen Elizabeth II
This afternoon, the sovereign appeared smiling wearing a yellow dress in her meeting by video call with two new ambassadors to the United Kingdom from Windsor Castle, about 40 kilometers from London. But a few hours later, Buckingham Palace announced that the sovereign had to slow down.
The part was forceful: “After receiving a notice advising her to rest, the queen made light tasks at Windsor Castle. His Majesty decided to his regret that he will not travel to Glasgow to attend the COP26 reception on Monday 1 November, ”the palace announced in a statement.
He added: “His Majesty is sad to not be able to attend the reception but will address the assembled delegates through a video recorded message.”
His presence at the UN climate conference early next week in Glasgow was highly anticipated. Lately the royal family had spoken out on numerous occasions on issues related to the environment.
How was the first public reappearance of Queen Elizabeth after her hospitalization
The virtual meeting with the ambassadors of South Korea, Gunn Kim, and of Switzerland, Markus Leitner, to receive their credentials, was the first public appearance of the British monarch since October 19 and especially since she canceled a visit to Ireland del Norte the next day, after his doctors recommended rest.
The queen even spent the night of last Wednesday in the hospital, after undergoing “preliminary” examinations, as it transpired.
The news of his hospitalization –the first since 2013– it was known days later, which generated a shower of questions due to the lack of transparency in the actual communication.
An expert opinion on the British monarchy
The expert on the monarchy Richard Fitzwilliams told the AFP that the queen is undoubtedly “very disappointed” at having to cancel her trip to COP26.
“It is a decision they have made reluctantly, but it is a reasonable decision,” he said.
Elizabeth II has been in command of the British monarchy for almost 70 years. Next year you should celebrate your Platinum Jubilee. And in recent weeks he had been participating almost daily in official commitments.