The Queen’s busy October schedule revealed in full

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The Queen’s busy October schedule revealed in full

The Queen maintained her typically busy schedule in October up until she was told to rest by doctors.

Her Majesty, 95, “regretfully” announced on Tuesday she was going to miss Cop26 climate change conference next week in Glasgow, Scotland.

It comes after she cancelled a trip to Northern Ireland around a week ago and she underwent preliminary tests in hospital on October 20 during her first overnight stay at a medical facility in eight years.

The monarch has kept to a busy schedule packed with royal duties since the start of October.

Here is the Queen’s schedule in October:

– October 6: The Queen holds two virtual audiences at Windsor with the Greek ambassador and the ambassador for Belize.

The monarch has had a schedule packed with royal duties since the start of October (PA Wire)
The monarch has had a schedule packed with royal duties since the start of October (PA Wire)

She meets Canadian troops from 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery and later has a telephone audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

– October 7: The Queen, with the Earl of Wessex, launches the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games from the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

– October 12: The Queen, accompanied by the Princess Royal, attends a Westminster Abbey service of thanksgiving to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion.

She uses a walking stick at the abbey, the first time she has done so at a major event.

– October 13: The monarch has a face-to-face audience with pianist Dame Imogen Cooper to present her with the Queen’s Medal for Music. She also holds three other audiences.

– October 14: On an away day to Cardiff, the Queen delivers a speech at the sixth session of the Welsh Senedd.

– October 16: The Queen enjoys a day at the races at Ascot, and presents the trophy after the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes during the Qipco British Champion Day.

– October 18: She holds a virtual audience with the new Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Cindy Kiro.

– October 19: The Queen has three engagements, two virtual audiences with the Japanese ambassador and the EU ambassador, and then hosts an evening reception at Windsor Castle to mark the Global Investment Summit.

– October 20: The Queen is under strict orders to rest and “reluctantly” cancels a two-day trip to Northern Ireland.

– October 21: Buckingham Palace confirms the Queen spent the previous night in hospital for “preliminary investigations”.

She returns to Windsor Castle at lunchtime and is said to be in “good spirits”, back at her desk, undertaking light duties.

– October 24: The monarch misses a church service at Windsor.

– October 26: The Queen carries out virtual audiences from Windsor Castle, her first official engagements since she was ordered to rest by doctors.

What did the Queen say about missing Cop26?

The Palace said in a statement: “Following advice to rest, the Queen has been undertaking light duties at Windsor Castle.

“Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the Evening Reception of COP26 on Monday, 1st November.

“Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message.”

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