Princess Eugenie and son August could pay Queen special visit in coming days

Queen cancels Northern Ireland trip due to medical advice

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The Queen, 95, has been resting at Windsor Castle following medical advice to rest for a few days, instead of flying to Belfast. Eugenie, the Queen’s sixth grandchild, lives with her husband Jack Brooksbank and son August at Frogmore Cottage – just a short drive away from Windsor Castle.

They have been living at the royal residence since last November.

The monarch is apparently in “good spirits” but “disappointed”.

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.”

The Queen is said to now be resting at Windsor Castle after taking the medical advice.

Her Majesty was due to fly out to Belfast today, for a number of engagements in the community.

This would have been her first visit to Northern Ireland in five years, and also the first since the death of Prince Philip.

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During her visit, the Queen had planned to attend a service at St Patrick’s Church, Armagh to commemorate the centenary of the foundation of Northern Ireland.

The service of Reflection and Hope is being organised by the Church Leaders Group, made up of the leaders of the island’s main Christian churches.

The Northern Ireland Church leaders said they were sorry to hear of the Queen’s cancellation and acknowledged “the significance of her commitment to the work of peace and reconciliation, which has meant a great deal to people throughout this island”.

The Queen first travelled to Northern Ireland just after the end of World War Two, when she was a princess. If it had gone ahead, this week’s trip would have been her 26th visit.

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An advance team was already in Northern Ireland making preparations for the two-day visit.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said he wished the Queen “all the very best as she takes a few days’ rest”.

The cancellation comes after the monarch was seen last Tuesday using a walking stick as she attended a service at Westminster Abbey, to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion.

She also took a shorter route into the Abbey, arriving through the Poet’s Yard entrance rather than the Great West Door.

This is the first time the monarch has used a walking stick in public.

Nevertheless, she has attended a number of events in recent days, hosting a Global Investment Summit at Windsor Castle on Tuesday evening.

Earlier that day, she held two audiences via video link, greeting the Japanese ambassador Hajime Hayashi and the EU ambassador Joao de Almeida.

The previous day, she held a virtual audience with the new governor-general of New Zealand, while at the weekend, she attended the races at Ascot.

The 95-year-old monarch is still expected to attend the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow later this month.

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