Tim Rooke/Shutterstock Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth is easing up on her typically busy schedule.
“Following on from their recent advice that The Queen should rest for a few days, Her Majesty’s doctors have advised that she should continue to rest for at least the next two weeks,” Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement on Friday.
“The doctors have advised that Her Majesty can continue to undertake light, desk-based duties during this time, including some virtual Audiences, but not to undertake any official visits,” the statement continued. “Her Majesty regrets that this means she will be unable to attend the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday, 13th November.”
The statement concluded, “However, it remains The Queen’s firm intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, on 14th November.”
The extended rest comes just days after the palace confirmed the 95-year-old monarch “regretfully” will not attend next week’s COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. The Queen has also reportedly been given doctor’s orders in recent months to give up horse riding and martinis.
On October 12, she was accompanied by Princess Anne, 71, to a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey walking with the assistance of a cane for the first time since 2003, when she was recovering from knee surgery.
Shortly after the news of the monarch’s period of rest broke, supporters wrote a sweet message to her on a white board in the Tube underground station.
“You are in our hearts and in our thoughts, your Majesty, we hope you get better soon,” read the message in a picture shared on Twitter. ” May you feel the love from all over the world and the people of this nation.”
It continued, “We know this year has been tough and not one of the best. Please take your time to recover and get plenty of rest. Thanks for being you and for being an inspiration.”
And though the Queen won’t travel to Scotland — instead, she has been staying at Windsor Castle and taking part in virtual meetings — the palace did confirm this week that Prince Charles, 73, and Prince William, 39, will head north this weekend with their wives Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 74, and Kate Middleton, 39, for the global climate summit.
Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Images Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate Middleton
In a preview for the COP26: In Your Hands documentary (which can be seen in the U.K. on Sky Kids, Sky News and NOW), Charles urged, “We have to operate in ways which can make nature thrive, not suffer.”