Queen Elizabeth II is “regretfully” canceling another much-anticipated in-person appearance on doctors’ orders, Buckingham Palace announced Tuesday.
World leaders gathering in Glasgow, Scotland for a major climate-change conference next week won’t get to meet her at a reception: The 95-year-old monarch will stay home in the second such cancellation in a week.
Since an overnight hospital stay last week, the queen has been on “light duties-only” at Windsor Castle, where she has mostly been living since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020.
“Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the Evening Reception of COP26 on Monday” the palace said in a statement obtained by USA TODAY.
“Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the Reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message,” the statement added.
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The palace did not say who would step in to host the reception in person but her son, Prince Charles the Prince of Wales, 72, and his elder son, Prince William the Duke of Cambridge, 39, were both expected at the reception and at the conference.
The decision to forgo an in-person appearance in Glasgow came after the monarch’s trip to Northern Ireland was canceled at the last minute on Wednesday due to doctors’ advice.
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“The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Oct. 19.
“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.”
A day later on Thursday, the palace confirmed she had gone to the hospital on Wednesday and spent the night for “preliminary investigations.”
“Following medical advice to rest for a few days, The Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits,” the palace statement said.
On Tuesday, she was still on “light duties,” but appeared via video link from Windsor Castle for an audience to greet new ambassadors at Buckingham Palace.
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The queen was expected to be a major draw to the United Nations conference in Glasgow, hosting the opening reception with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The announcement by organizers in August that she would be attending marked a rare public association of the monarch with a disputed global policy issue.
On Oct. 15, she appeared to criticize the global lack of action on climate change in comments caught on microphone and filmed on a phone as she visited Cardiff in Wales. On the recording, parts of which were inaudible, the queen appeared to say it is “irritating” when leaders “talk, but they don’t do.”
More than 100 world leaders, climate campaigners and activists from around the world, including President Joe Biden, are expected to gather for the conference, hosted by the United Kingdom.
The queen, approaching her 70th year on the throne next summer, had cut back on her public engagements due to the pandemic and following the April death of her husband of 72 years, Prince Philip.
But she had recently taken part in a string of in-person engagements requiring travel, including appearances to open the Welsh and Scottish parliaments.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Queen Elizabeth cancels trip to COP26 after doctors’ advice to rest