‘Tired’ Queen has supporters concerned with virtual speech – sparks frenzy of well wishes

Queen 'looks tired' in COP26 speech says host

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The Queen delivered her welcoming message virtually after being advised by doctors last week to take two weeks to rest after a very busy schedule upon her return from her summer break. Her Majesty wished all delegates to the COP26 Summit would come together to best tackle the effects of the climate emergency as she gushed over Prince William and Prince Charles for their advocate work. But the video sparked concerns among Royal Family supporters, who rushed to social media to wish Her Majesty a swift return to full health. 

Sky News presenter Jonathan Samuels said: “That was Her Majesty delivering a recorded message to the delegates and the leaders here.

“Fittingly, she was wearing green. And, actually, towards the end, it was rather moving and emotional.

“Just on another note, she looks well. She looks tired, I think, but we saw her driving around today.”

Social media user Anders J commented to the Queen’s virtual video saying: “The Queen looks very tired.”

Others however disagreed, with user Toria H responding to Anders J to point out: “She’s 95 Anders.”

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The appearance sparked a frenzy of good wishes from around the world.

Twitter user Agit Prop said: “I hope you are feeling better, please take good care! All the best from Bremen, Germany!!”

User Rachel Byrne said: “Beautifully works from The Queen.”

And Paul Ethan commented: “Great speech your Majesty. Stay strong as the Lord keep you safe and bless you always!”

Queen warns leaders to 'rise above the politics' at COP26

Sky News royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills said: “There was certainly a real poignancy to this message.

“Of course, we constantly hear that message that the leaders are not just doing this for themselves, they are doing it for the youth, they are doing it for generations yet unborn.

“I think the moment when we heard the Queen say ‘we none of us will live forever,’ is fairly haunting in a way when you think about the recent concerns about her own health.”

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The Queen drew from her 70 years of experience as head of state to urge global leaders to approach COP26 with “statesmanship” and set aside political differences.

She said: “For more than seventy years, I have been lucky to meet and to know many of the world’s great leaders.

“And I have perhaps come to understand a little about what made them special.

“It has sometimes been observed that what leaders do for their people today is government and politics.

“But what they do for the people of tomorrow — that is statesmanship.

“I, for one, hope that this conference will be one of those rare occasions where everyone will have the chance to rise above the politics of the moment, and achieve true statesmanship.”

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