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Queen Elizabeth II will not take part in COP26, Buckingham Palace says

23:04, 26 October 2021
Queen Elizabeth II will not take part in COP26, Buckingham Palace says Photo: REUTERS

She has earlier spent a night in hospital and canceled her trip to Northern Ireland.


Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday that Queen Elizabeth II will not participate in the upcoming COP26 climate summit as she decided to have some rest. On November 1 she was expected to attend a guest reception.

Following her doctors’ advice, the 95-year-old monarch will miss the climate conference which will be opened in Glasgow, Scotland on October 31 and last for almost two weeks till November 12.

According to the statement presented by the residence, the Queen is disappointed by the fact that she would not be able to attend the summit. However, her Majesty will still address the participants in a video message.

Last week Elizabeth spent a night in King Edward VII’s Hospital, the first one in eight years. According to the Palace, the Queen underwent preliminary investigations without specifying any reasons for an overnight stay. She has also missed her regular church ceremony last weekend.

Her Majesty resumed her duties on Tuesday as she received two ambassadors in an online conference. During Elizabeth’s first public appearance since October 19, South Korean Gunn Kim and Swiss Markus Leitner presented their credentials to her.

Earlier this month she criticized politicians for their inaction concerning climate change in a private chat with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Welsh parliament Presiding Officer Elin Jones.

“It’s irritating when they talk but they don’t do,” the Queen said.