The 95-year-old monarch has been advised to cancel her royal engagements in Northern Ireland after reportedly falling ill, with doctors being called to Windsor Castle on Tuesday. Upon inspection, Palace medics advised the Queen to take “immediate rest” over the next few days.
According to a Buckingham Palace statement, Her Majesty has “reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days”.
“Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow,” the statement continued.
“The Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland, and looks forward to visiting in the future.”
However, despite reportedly “showing slight signs of a seasonal cold” and the advice from medics, Her Majesty was spotted driving around the Windsor estate in her Land Rover on Wednesday.
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The monarch had also planned to attend a church service in recognition of the centenary of Northern Ireland.
The Church Leaders’ Group released a statement upon hearing the Queen will not be visiting.
“We are very sorry to learn that it will not be possible for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to be present for the Service of Reflection and Hope in Armagh tomorrow,” they said.
“We wish to convey to Her Majesty our good wishes and, in doing so, to acknowledge the significance of her commitment to the work of peace and reconciliation, which has meant a great deal to people throughout this island.
“We hope that tomorrow’s service will provide an opportunity to further that work, with an emphasis on our shared hopes for the future.”