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Queen’s visit to COP26 ‘hangs on the line’ and monarch’s appearance will be ‘guided by doctors’

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The Queen’s appearance among world leaders at the COP26 summit is at stake as she awaits guidance and ‘test results’ from doctors after being hospitalized this week.

The 95-year-old monarch had planned to attend the COP26 conference in Scotland on November 1, along with Prince Charles and Prince William.

But royal sources have indicated that her appearance at the event is ‘on the line’, after she spent a night under the care of specialist doctors at King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone, London.

The palace said the monarch was discharged Thursday morning and returned to Windsor Castle around lunchtime, where she is expected to recover for the rest of the week.

Queen’s appearance among world leaders at COP26 summit in Glasgow hangs ‘in the balance’ as she awaits guidance and ‘test results’ from doctors after being hospitalized this week

It is clear that the trip to the private King Edward VII's Hospital in London (pictured) on Wednesday afternoon was expected to be a short stay for some 'preliminary research'

It is clear that the trip to the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in London (pictured) on Wednesday afternoon was expected to be a short stay for some ‘preliminary research’

The 95-year-old monarch had planned to attend the COP26 conference in Scotland on November 1 with Prince Charles and Prince William

The 95-year-old monarch had planned to attend the COP26 conference in Scotland on November 1 with Prince Charles and Prince William

The Queen’s busy schedule in October for a night in the hospital

– October 6: The Queen holds two virtual audiences in Windsor with the Greek Ambassador and the Ambassador to Belize.

She meets Canadian troops of the 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery and later has a telephone audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

– October 7: The Queen, along with the Earl of Wessex, launch the Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham from the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

– 12 October: The Queen, accompanied by the Princess Royal, attends a thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.

At the abbey she uses a walking stick – for the first time at a major event.

– October 13: The Queen has a face-to-face audience with pianist Dame Imogen Cooper to present her with the Queen’s Medal for Music. She also has three other audiences.

– 14 October: On a trip to Cardiff, the Queen delivers a speech at the sixth session of the Welsh Senedd.

– October 16: The Queen enjoys a day at the races in Ascot and presents the trophy after the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes during the Qipco British Champions Day.

– October 18th: She holds a virtual audience with New Zealand’s new Governor General, Dame Cindy Kiro.

– 19 October: The Queen has three appointments – two virtual audiences with the Japanese ambassador and the EU ambassador, then organizes an evening reception at Windsor Castle on the occasion of the Global Investment Summit.

MailOnline understands that any future commitments, such as COP26, were still on the Queen’s agenda, but had to be confirmed by then.

Her private office is believed to be awaiting the results of the preliminary tests and will see how the elderly monarch feels in the coming days.

The global climate summit will take place in Glasgow from Sunday, October 31 to Friday, November 12.

But royal doctors ordered Her Majesty to rest and advised her to miss a trip to Northern Ireland this week, sparking speculation about the reason for the 11am cancellation.

The Queen was reportedly in “good mood” and was back at her desk on Thursday reading her official government red boxes. Her recording is reportedly unrelated to the coronavirus.

Buckingham Palace said medics were taking an “understandably cautious approach”, adding that the Queen’s admission was for “practical reasons”, with just a week to go before she was due to appear at COP26.

The monarch returned to Windsor Castle on Thursday afternoon and will begin a “light duty” schedule as soon as she hears back from doctors.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “After medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen went to hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary examinations and returned to Windsor Castle around lunchtime today. [Thursday], and remain in good spirits.’

A source in the palace told the Mirror: ‘The Queen is in a good mood and will continue to take a period of rest for the next few days.

“She will be guided by her doctors in whatever is appropriate in terms of her duties.”

The Queen is expected to rest in Windsor Castle and aides said there were no plans to cancel her participation in events ahead of the UN climate summit in Glasgow at the end of this month.

She will likely continue to hold private meetings at Windsor Castle next week, but has no public appointments.

The Queen still keeps a busy diary of events and audiences and handles her daily red boxes with official papers.

Since returning to Windsor from her summer break in Balmoral, the Queen has completed 15 assignments listed in the Court Circular, including her audiences, plus an additional trip to Ascot.

Downing Street has not confirmed whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered his usual weekly speech with Her Majesty on Wednesday. Such a meeting has not yet been mentioned in the Court Circular – the official record of a royal engagement.

The monarch, whose husband the Duke of Edinburgh died just six months ago at the age of 99, has had a busy schedule since returning from Balmoral in early October.

Including her return from the royal estate in Aberdeenshire, where she spent the summer, the Queen has traveled nearly 1,000 miles this month.

Last week, she had to start using a cane in public for the first time—a stark reminder of her advancing years.

And on Tuesday night, she hosted a major Global Investment Summit at Windsor Castle, looking bright and cheerful as she went about her royal duties.

Aides had said she was still confident she would hold a series of meetings and audiences next week, as well as lead the royal family at the Cop26 summit on climate change in Glasgow in early November.

In other developments, the BBC’s veteran royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell called Buckingham Palace on live TV, accusing them of deliberately telling the media that the Queen was resting at Windsor Castle when she was actually in hospital.

The Queen at a reception for the Global Investment Summit, at Windsor Castle, October 19, 2021

The Queen at a reception for the Global Investment Summit at Windsor Castle, October 19, 2021

The monarch returned to Windsor Castle on Thursday afternoon and will begin a

The monarch returned to Windsor Castle on Thursday afternoon and will begin a “light duty” schedule as soon as she hears back from doctors. Pictured: Police cars practice outside the COP26 summit in Glasgow this week.

Downing Street has not confirmed whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) delivered his usual weekly speech with Her Majesty on Wednesday

Downing Street has not confirmed whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) delivered his usual weekly speech with Her Majesty on Wednesday

Mr Witchell, famously referred to as a ‘terrible man’ by Prince Charles, told BBC Breakfast that Her Majesty Britain’s aides had not given ‘the full picture’ and only admitted the truth after the news was leaked last night.

It came when the Queen’s chauffeur took her beloved corgis for a walk in Windsor this afternoon—a task Her Majesty would usually do herself. But the monarch, 95, is working at her desk this afternoon, Boris Johnson has said.

Mr Witchell told BBC viewers: ‘We were led to believe that the Queen was resting in Windsor Castle on Wednesday. When we were told that and it was passed on to our viewers and newspapers to their readers, she was in fact in the hospital.”

He said: ‘The palace would say that the Queen has a right to patient secrecy and medical privacy, despite the fact that she is the head of state and millions of people around the world would be concerned’.

“We must hope we can rely on what the palace is telling us now,” he added, assuring the Queen was in a good mood “a handy expression that dusts the palace off at times like these.”

Royal author Robert Jobson told MailOnline: ‘Medical privacy is one thing, but in fact trust between the palace and the correspondents is paramount. When the prime minister was in hospital, the lobby was informed.

‘Personally I think it was a bad judgment’ [by the palace] and makes it hard to believe everything we’re told at face value.”

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