Queen Elizabeth II reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for a few days and canceled a trip to Northern Ireland, Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday.
The palace did not provide details of the decision, but said the 95-year-old monarch was “in good spirits” and disappointed that she could no longer travel to Northern Ireland for engagements on Wednesday and Thursday.
“The Queen sends her best wishes to the people of Northern Ireland and looks forward to visiting them in the future,” the palace said.
She is resting at Windsor Castle, where she has been staying since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. It was understood that the decision to cancel the trip was unrelated to COVID-19.
The move comes just days after Elizabeth was seen using a cane at a major public event while attending a Westminster Abbey service marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion, an armed forces charity.
She had previously been photographed using a cane in 2003, but that was after undergoing knee surgery.
The longest-lived and longest reigning British monarch, Elizabeth is set to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – next year.
The Queen, who was a widow this year when Prince Philip died aged 99 in April, still has a busy schedule of royal duties. On Tuesday, she held hearings with diplomats and hosted a reception at Windsor Castle for global business leaders.
Despite her great age, the monarch politely declined the honor of being named “Oldie of the Year” by a British magazine. Oldie magazine on Tuesday published the Queen’s response to her suggestion to follow in the footsteps of past recipients, such as actor Olivia de Havilland and artist David Hockney.
“Her Majesty thinks you are as old as you think you are, as such the Queen does not think she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept, and hopes you will find a more worthy recipient,” a letter said. by his Deputy Private Secretary, Tom Laing Baker. He ended the letter “with the best wishes from His Majesty”.
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