Her Majesty, 95, felt “a little tired” on Tuesday evening, before royal doctors were called to her living quarters at Windsor Castle, it is understood
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The Queen has been ordered to put her health first after being forced to cancel a planned trip to Northern Ireland due to ill health.
The 95-year-old monarch was feeling “a little tired” on Tuesday evening, before royal doctors were called to her living quarters at Windsor Castle, it is understood.
Upon waking on Wednesday morning, ahead of a planned departure from her Berkshire home at midday to travel to Belfast, the steely Queen was said to be “showing slight signs of a seasonal cold”.
Her Majesty, who has had a jam packed schedule of engagements since returning from her summer break at Balmoral, took covid test which confirmed she was not suffering from coronavirus.
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But palace medics advised her to take a period of “immediate rest” for the next few days.
The nation’s longest reigning monarch is resting at Windsor Castle but will still receive her ministerial red boxes which she will attend to.
She is still expected at this stage to host a reception in Glasgow on November 1 for the Cop26 climate change conference.
Several engagements in her diary for next week remain as yet unchanged, but courtiers said they would maintain a “cautious view” with any plans.
The Queen was set to attend a series of engagements at Hillsborough Castle on Wednesday and Thursday attend a service in St Patrick’s Church, Armagh to commemorate the centenary of the foundation of Northern Ireland.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen 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 Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland, and looks forward to visiting in the future.”
It emerged this week that the Queen turned down the ‘Oldie of the Year’ trophy because she feels she does not meet the criteria, believing “you are only as old as you feel”.
Despite her period of rest to take it easy, the Queen was spotted on Wednesday driving around the Windsor estate and enjoying taking her dogs for a walk.
A royal source said: “The Queen’s enthusiasm for returning to a fully packed schedule of engagements following the coronavirus restrictions being lifted has been incredibly admirable.
“There is certainly no cause for alarm.
“Her Majesty doesn’t know any other pace than full on and used to being incredibly busy, especially of late, but perhaps it is in her best interests that she takes this time to rest and recuperate before she starts once again.”
Courtiers believe the cancellation of the Queen’s trip will serve as a reminder that the head of state – at the age of 95 – cannot do what was expected of her 10 or 20 years ago.
In recent weeks she has for the first time been seen walking with a stick at public engagements.
Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said the Queen’s autumn schedule had been more crammed than expected, but last-minute cancellations were inevitable in the future.
Since the Queen returned from Balmoral Castle at the start of October, she has met Canadian troops at Windsor, launched the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games, attended the Royal British Legion centenary service at Westminster Abbey, travelled to Cardiff for the Welsh Senedd opening, and hosted a global investment summit reception, as well as holding audiences and video calls.
Mr Little said: “I think when you get to the age of 95 and you have a role such as the Queen has, there is an inevitability about last-minute cancellations.
“Unfortunately, I think this is just how it’s going to have to be from time to time.
“The fact that she has been busy and seemingly healthy and happy of late shows that clearly looks can be deceptive unless something has happened overnight.”
He added: “Mentally, the Queen is pin sharp as ever and when she makes speeches she speaks well.
“But you notice that the body is perhaps a little bit less so.
“Every now and again there will be this reminder that she is 95 and she can’t do what was expected of her 10, 20 years ago.
Just five years away from her 100th birthday and next year due to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne, the nation’s longest reigning monarch still keeps a busy diary of events and audiences and deals with her daily red boxes of official papers.
She held two audiences on Tuesday via video link from Windsor Castle, greeting the Japanese ambassador Hajime Hayashi and the EU ambassador Joao de Almeida, followed by a reception for business leaders including Microsoft founder Bill Gates in the evening.
At the weekend, she enjoyed a day at the races at Ascot, and on Monday held a virtual audience with the new Governor-General of New Zealand.
Royal sources said the Queen’s “enthusiasm to get on with the job” has shown now sign of letting up, but most conceded she would be advised to “take her foot off the gas” to maintain her health.
It was revealed last week that Her Majesty had taken the “personal decision” to give up regular drinking by her doctors as she keeps up a busy schedule ahead of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Due to her age the Queen is expected to have had her Covid booster jab, following her first inoculation in January.
At the time she broke with protocol to announce she had been given her first injection, alongside husband Prince Philip, from a royal doctor at Windsor Castle.
The head of state made the personal decision to let it be known she had accepted the vaccine to send a “message of hope” to the country, as Britain reaches a crisis point in the battle against coronavirus.