Queen Elizabeth advised to rest for 2 weeks, forcing absence from UN climate meeting

In an alarming development from the United Kingdom, Buckingham Palace announced on Friday that Queen Elizabeth II has been instructed by physicians to rest for no fewer than two weeks and engage only in “light, desk-based duties,” scuttling her prior plans to attend the U.N.’s COP26 conference alongside President Joe Biden, as the Washington Examiner reports.

According to the outlet, the news comes on the heels of an overnight hospital stay for the 95-year-old monarch last week, during which she was said to undergo “preliminary investigations” that were reportedly not related to COVID-19.

A statement from the palace indicated that “Her Majesty’s doctors have advised that she should continue to rest for at least the next two weeks. 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 Examiner added.

Though scant details have been released about precisely what might be ailing the queen, the palace informed the public last week that she would not be able to attend the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, an event at which Biden is scheduled to appear.

As Sky News also reported, the timeline announced by the palace also means that the queen will not be in attendance at the Festival of Remembrance planned for Nov. 13, but that she maintains her “firm intention” of appearing at the traditional Cenotaph memorial ceremony on Remembrance Sunday on Nov. 14.

Earlier this month, the queen pulled out of of a scheduled visit to Northern Ireland, and has notably been seen using a walking stick in public for the first time in recent memory, occurrences that have reminded the world that, despite her astonishing vigor and commitment to service over the decades, she is well into her nineties and not invulnerable to the frailties that typically come with advanced age.

In recent weeks, news reports have also revealed that on the advise of doctors, Her Majesty has also reluctantly agreed to give up her habit of a nightly cocktail and has also had to abandon – at least temporarily – her beloved pastime of horse riding due to discomfort she had been feeling while in the saddle.

Though this past week, the queen fulfilled her first official engagements since being hospitalized in London, holding virtual audiences with ambassadors from the Republic of Korean and the Swiss Confederation, a heightened state of concern about the monarch’s health has surely taken hold of late, and the dearth of information coming from the palace has only exacerbated those worries.

As outspoken British broadcaster Piers Morgan opined in response to the queen’s reported two-week break, “this sounds more serious than they’re letting on,” a sentiment that seems to be gaining steam among royal watchers the world over.