Queen cancels Northern Ireland trip after ‘reluctantly’ accepting advice from doctors to rest

The Queen’s decision not to attend the Northern Ireland trip is understood not to be related to Covid

The Queen has cancelled a trip to Northern Ireland after “reluctantly” accepting advice from doctors to rest.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed the 95-year-old monarch will be following medical advice to relax for the next few days.

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The Queen is said to be in good spirits but disappointed not to be able to carry out the two-day trip, which was due to begin on Wednesday (20 October).

She has already had a busy few days and hosted a major Global Investment summit at Windsor Castle on Tuesday evening.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days.

“Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow.

“The Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland and looks forward to visiting in the future.”

The Queen’s decision is understood not to be related to coronavirus.

She is still expected at this stage to attend events linked to the Cop26 climate change conference in Glasgow at the end of the month.

Last week, she used a walking stick for what is believed to be the first time at a major public event when she attended a service marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion.

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