Queen Elizabeth II "Reluctantly" Cancels Northern Ireland Trip on Advice From Doctors

After a busy few weeks, Queen Elizabeth II, 95, has "reluctantly" accepted medical advice to "rest for the next few days," Buckingham Palace announced on Oct. 20.

By Jess Cohen Oct 20, 2021 11:34 AMTags
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Queen Elizabeth II is taking some time off from her royal duties.

The 95-year-old monarch has canceled a planned trip to Northern Ireland at the request of her doctors. "The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days," Buckingham Palace announced on Oct. 20. "Her majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she was due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow."

"The Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland," the statement continued, "and looks forward to visiting in the future."

While no additional details were given, the Queen—who is Britain's longest-reigning monarch—has had a busy few weeks of engagements. In fact, it was just last night that she joined Prince Charles and Prince William at Windsor Castle to greet innovators, including Bill Gates, at a reception following the Global Investment Summit. 

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According to the BBC, the monarch—who has been photographed using a cane in recent weeks—is "still expected" to attend the upcoming 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference. While the Palace has not addressed the Queen's possible appearance, the event, set to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, will kick off on Oct. 31 and end on Nov. 12.

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The Royal Family's social media account also tweeted about the summit on Tuesday, Oct. 19, noting it "aims to showcase the best of British innovation and highlight the UK's role in green investment and clean technologies."