The Prime Minister said he had spoken to the Monarch, after Buckingham Palace confirmed she wouuld only undertake “desk-based duties”
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The Queen is on “very good form”, Boris Johnson insisted today after the 95-year-old monarch was advised to rest for the next two weeks.
The Prime Minister revealed he had spoken to the Monarch, after Buckingham Palace confirmed she would only undertake “desk-based duties”.
It’s understood Mr Johnson spoke to the Queen as part of his normal weekly audience with the monarch on Wednesday.
Mr Johnson told Channel 4 News at the G20 summit in Rome: “I spoke to Her Majesty and she’s on very good form.
“She’s just got to follow the advice of her doctors and get some rest and I think that’s the important thing.
“I think the whole country wishes her well.”
Speaking to ITV News, the Prime Minister added: “I spoke to her Majesty as I do every week as part of my job. She seems in very good form.
“She’s been told by her doctors that she’s got to rest and I think we’ve got to respect that and understand that.
“Everybody wishes her all the very best.”
The development came last night after the Queen underwent tests in hospital last week and cancelled a two-day trip to Northern Ireland.
But the head of state still has the “firm intention” of leading the nation in honouring the country’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday on November 14.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “Following on from their recent advice that the Queen should rest for a few days, 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.
“Her Majesty regrets that this means she will be unable to attend the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday, November 13.
“However, it remains The Queen’s firm intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, on November 14.”
During Friday afternoon she recorded her COP26 speech for the UN climate change conference which opens on Monday in Glasgow.
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She had been due to be hosting a reception for world leaders on Monday night. Prince Charles is due to host events at COP26 and at the G20 summit in Rome, which kicks off this morning.
The Queen appeared cheerful and in good humour when she hosted a virtual presentation ceremony on Thursday, awarding the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2020 to poet David Constantine.
Speaking from Windsor Castle during a video call, she joked with the writer at Buckingham Palace, saying about his award “Do you put it in a cupboard?
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It was announced last Wednesday the Queen had “reluctantly” accepted medical advice to rest and cancelled her trip to Northern Ireland that was scheduled to begin that day.
But it later emerged she had stayed overnight in hospital when the Sun newspaper reported the monarch had been admitted to King Edwards VII’s Hospital in central London on Wednesday.
Buckingham Palace confirmed she had undergone “preliminary investigations” during her first overnight stay at a medical facility in eight years.
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