The Queen greeting PM Boris Johnson for their first in-person meeting since the start of Covid-19 (Picture: Pool/AFP)
The Queen and Boris Johnson have resumed their weekly calls after her majesty was taken to hospital.
They spoke by phone yesterday after the 95-year-old dropped out of attending the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow. She’ll send a video message instead.
The Queen made her first overnight hospital stay in eight years last Thursday when she was checked into London’s private King Edward VII’s Hospital for ‘preliminary investigations’.
No further information about the nature of the checks has been revealed by Buckingham Palace which has been urged to be more transparent over her health as it’s a matter of public interest.
Aides are ensuring she takes her recovery steadily, and she’s not been able to walk her corgis for a week.
And on further doctors’ orders the Queen has gone the last two months without her favourite hobby, horse riding, after experiencing ‘discomfort, as well as giving up her evening tipple.
She likely had a lot to discuss with the prime minister. His chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday announced the largest increase in public spending in a century as he delivered the autumn budget. Mr Sunak and the Queen spoke on Tuesday.
Elizabeth II marks 70 years on the throne next year (Picture: PA)
Rishi Sunak is Chancellor of the Exchequer (Picture: HM Treasury)
The long-serving monarch is understood to be keen for the two-week COP26, which starts on Sunday, to be a success.
Two weeks ago she was heard on camera sharing her personal irritation at world leaders’ lack of global action to arrest climate change.
In a rare show of frustration the usually guarded monarch said it’s ‘irritating’ when ‘they talk, but they don’t do’.
The Queen and guests at last week’s Global Investment Summit, at Windsor Castle (Picture: Pool/AFP)
The Queen, Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie at a reception during the G7 summit in St Austell in June (Picture: EPA)
The PM and Queen aim to speak every Wednesday (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)
Palace aides have been scrambling to cut-back the Queen’s busy schedule to prevent her becoming overworked and exhausted.
She had to back out of a planned trip to Northern Ireland – her first cancelled royal duty in 15 years – at the beginning of the month.
Between her husband Philip’s death in April and then, she attended 120 engagements.
She returned to work on Tuesday, carrying out virtual audiences from Windsor Castle, her first official engagements in seven days.
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