(FiveNation.com)- Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, will reportedly not attend the COP26 United Nations climate conference in Glasgow after being recommended by her doctors to rest.
Her Majesty the Queen, who is 95 years old and continues her daily work as the British Head of State, was advised to avoid the conference and reluctantly chose to listen to her doctors.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said, “Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message.”
The Queen also previously canceled a trip to Northern Ireland last week, also as a result of advice from her doctors. It is unclear what condition the Queen is suffering, but the Palace said that she had spent the night at London’s Edward VII hospital last Thursday for “preliminary investigations.”
This is the first time the Queen has spent time in the hospital since 2013, but with the recent death of her husband Prince Philip, the news has caused concern across the United Kingdom.
At age 95, the Queen is the oldest Head of State in the world – not to mention one of the hardest-working. The Queen rarely stops, and even after being told to rest, she has continued her official duties as of Tuesday, greeting ambassadors to the United Kingdom from Windsor Castle via video conference.
Over 120 world leaders are expected to attend the climate summit, and the Queen’s speech will likely be one of the most anticipated of the event.
Richard Fitzwilliams, an expert on the Royal Family, told the press that the Queen is likely to be “very disappointed” to miss the climate event.
A source close to the Queen also told The Sunday Times, a British newspaper, that the Queen was simply “exhausted” from her busy schedule. The same source said that the Queen has also given up her lunchtime gin and her evening Martini on the advice of doctors.