Queen ‘ready to get back to work this week’ after hospital stay, source claims

The Queen is ready to get back to her royal duties this week after her overnight stay in hospital, claims a royal source.

The 95-year-old was forced to spend a night in King Edward VII's Hospital in London last week, her first hospital stay in eight years, after pulling out of a scheduled trip to Northern Ireland.

Royal insiders have told The Sun that Her Majesty also missed prayers at Windsor's All Saints Chapel on Sunday, but aides continue to insist that these measures were just "precautionary".

Now, a source has told the Daily Mail that the Queen is 'ready to get back to work this week'.

They insist that, although all royal engagements have been wiped from her diary, she could resume her public duties by the end of this week.

It is said that she is determined to represent the Royal Family at next week's Cop26 climate change summit in Glasgow, which will see 120 world leaders gather at the Scottish Event Campus from October 31.

Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace said that the Queen "remains in good spirits" after her hospital stay.

Other leading royals are expected to carry out investitures as she continues to rest.

It had been an extremely busy month for the monarch before the decision was made to give her some time off last week.

Having returned from Balmoral to London, she had travelled nearly 1,000 miles this month alone and had 19 royal engagements in as many days.

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Two weeks ago she was seen using a walking stick for the first time in 20 years during a visit to Westminster Abbey, and last week she was on her feet for almost an hour as she hosted a reception for guests including tech billionaire Bill Gates and US climate envoy John Kerry.

Royal author Angela Levin told The Sun that she was "delighted" by the Queen's decision not to attend church on Sunday.

Levin said: "She is perhaps ­listening and agreeing to temporarily step back.

"Going to church on a Sunday sounds just a small event but it is a very big thing for the Queen and for any woman of her age.

"It is very sensible to give it a miss so she can do more in the future."

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