Bad news from the Royal Family: Queen Elizabeth II had to cancel a trip this week due to health concerns. The Queen would've travelled to Northern Ireland for just two days, but the Palace says the 95-year-old was advised to remain home for "rest."
Queen Elizabeth cancel Ireland trip over health concerns
The Palace statement notes that the Queen "reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days." It continues:
"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 (on Oct. 20–21).
"The Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland and looks forward to visiting in the future."
Despite the cancelled trip, the Queen had hosted guests and was in a lively mood at an event at Windsor Castle on Tuesday night.
A few days earlier, however, the Queen had been spotted using a walking stick. Though a cane is nothing unusual for a 95-year-old, it was the first time the Queen was seen with one in over a decade. It was said that she was using the stick for "comfort."
The Queen's statement of course confirms she is "in good spirits" and intended to visit Northern Ireland, but concern for the monarch is still great. She almost never cancels events.
The loss of her beloved husband, Prince Philip, was certainly among the hardest of times the Queen has gone through.
She was recently on her summer break at Balmoral and had just gotten back into a busy schedule of autumn engagements.
The BBC also notes that the cancellation is not related to a case of COVID-19. So let's hope the Queen truly just needed rest after overexerting herself.