Queen cancels Northern Ireland trip after being told by doctors to rest

The Queen was due to visit Northern Ireland on Wednesday. Credit: PA

The Queen has cancelled a trip to Northern Ireland after receiving medical advice that she rest for the next couple of days.

The 95-year-old monarch's decision is understood not to be related to coronavirus and comes a day after hosting a major Global Investment summit at Windsor Castle.

The Queen is said to be disappointed not to be able to carry out the two-day trip, which was due to begin on Wednesday.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson 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.”

Last week, the Queen was seen using a walking stick as she attended a Westminster Abbey service. Credit: PA

Last week, the 95-year-old monarch was seen using a walking stick as she attended a Westminster Abbey service marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion.

It is believed to be the first time she has used a walking aid at a major public event.

The Queen is still expected to attend events linked to the Cop26 climate change conference in Glasgow at the end of the month.

The COP26 climate conference - what you need to know

What is COP26? When and where will it be?

Each year, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meets at what is called the Conference of the Parties (abbreviated as COP) to discuss the world's progress on climate change and how to tackle it.

COP26 is the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties summit which will be held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November.

Who is going?

Leaders of the 197 countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a treaty that came into force in 1994 - are invited to the summit.

These are some of the world leaders that will be attending COP26:

  • US President Joe Biden, climate envoy John Kerry, climate adviser and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, and 10 other US cabinet officials.

  • Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison. In the days leading up to COP26, Mr Morrison committed Australia to a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Prince Charles, Prince William, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge are also attending. The Queen has withdrawn from visiting after being advised by her doctors to rest - she will address the conference virtually instead.

China's President Xi Jinping, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil are among the leaders that have decided not to travel to Glasgow.

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What is it hoping to achieve?

1. Achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels - Countries are being encouraged to set ambitious 2030 emissions targets. They are also encouraged to accelerate the phase-out of coal, clamp down on deforestation, speed up the switch to electric vehicles and encourage investment in renewables.

2. Protect natural habitats and communities from climate change disasters

3. Finances for a greener future - In 2009, developed countries were asked to keep to their promises to contribute at least $100 billion (£72.5 billion) per year by 2020 to protect the planet. In 2015, it was agreed that the goal would be extended to 2025.

However, new analysis shows the goal is unlikely to have been met last year and is on track to fall short in 2021 and 2022.

4. Getting all countries and organisations to work together to tackle the climate crisis

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On Tuesday, it was revealed that Britain's longest reigning monarch had turned down the Oldie of the Year trophy because she feels she does not meet the criteria.

As her Buckingham Palace aide explained in the official rejection letter: “You are only as old as you feel”.The Queen is due to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – next year.


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