The Queen pulls out of Glasgow climate change summit

There are fresh concerns for the Queen’s health today after Her Majesty pulled out of the upcoming COP26 climate change summit.

The 95-year-old was due to travel to Glasgow for the conference next week, but has “regretfully decided” that she will no longer attend the reception in person.

It’s understood she has been instructed by doctors to rest after being hospitalised for tests last week.


Buckingham Palace confirmed the news in a statement this morning.

“Following advice to rest, The Queen has been undertaking light duties at Windsor Castle,” the Palace said.

“Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the Evening Reception of COP26 on Monday, 1st November.

“Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message.”

It’s the second major engagement the Queen has cancelled in less than a week.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is expected to leave for the summit tomorrow, said he and the rest of Australia wishes the Queen a “speedy recovery”.

“It’s disappointing she won’t be able to attend the summit, I’m sure everyone would have been looking forward to seeing her there,” Mr Morrison said.

“She’s an extraordinary person and we just wish her all the very very best.”