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Buckingham Palace said on Wednesday that Queen Elizabeth II has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for a few days and has canceled her trip to Northern Ireland.


The palace did not give details on the decision, but says the 95-year-old monarch is “in good spirits” and disappointed she will no longer be able to travel to Northern Ireland for engagements on Wednesday and Thursday.

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“The Queen sends her warmest wishes to the people of Northern Ireland, and looks forward to visiting in the future,” the palace said.

She is resting at Windsor Castle, where she has stayed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. The decision to cancel the trip was deemed not related to COVID.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 19: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson greet guests during the reception of international business and investment leaders at Windsor Castle to mark the Global Investment Summit on October 19.

The decision comes just days after Elizabeth was spotted using a walking stick at a major public event while attending a Westminster Abbey service marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion, a Armed Forces was a charity.

She was previously photographed using a cane in 2003, but that was after knee surgery.

Britain’s longest-reigning and longest-reigning Queen Elizabeth is set to celebrate her platinum jubilee – 70 years on the throne – next year.

The queen, who was widowed this year When Prince Philip died in April at the age of 99, still maintains a busy schedule of royal duties. On Tuesday, he held an audience with diplomats and hosted a reception at Windsor Castle for global business leaders.

Despite his great age, the monarch politely declined the honor of being named “the old man of the year” by a British magazine. Oldie magazine published the Queen’s response on Tuesday to its suggestion that she follow in the footsteps of former recipients, such as actor Olivia de Havilland and artist David Hockney.

“Her Majesty believes that you are as old as you feel, as if the Queen does not believe that she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept, and hopes that you A more deserving recipient will be found,” said a letter from his assistant private secretary. Tom Lang-Baker. He concluded the letter “With the warm wishes of Your Excellency”.

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