UK’s Queen Elizabeth II pulls out of COP26 .

 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has pulled out of the COP26 conference in Glasgow next week after she was advised by doctors to rest, Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday, in a blow to the United Nations climate summit. But the palace said she would deliver her address to delegates using a recorded video message instead.

The Queen was due to travel to Scotland as part of a string of COP26 engagements by senior members of the Royal Family including the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge between 1-5 November. The other royals will still attend the summit.

It is understood that the monarch very much wants COP26 to result in meaningful action on climate change from participating nations, and hopes her absence will not be used by others as a reason not to attend.

The Queen was overheard at the opening of the Welsh Parliament earlier this month saying it was “really irritating” when people talk but don’t act on climate issues .

Sir Peter Westmacott, a former UK ambassador to the US, said the cancellation was a “blow” to the summit, but argued the substance of the talks should not be affected.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said the Queen’s attendance would have been the “icing on the cake” but it was still a “very important opportunity” for Prince Charles to speak alongside other senior royals.

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