British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday that Queen Elizabeth II was “in very good shape” during their weekly talks earlier in the week.
His comment comes a day after Buckingham Palace said the 95-year-old monarch has been asked to rest by doctors for another two weeks.
“I spoke to Her Majesty, which I do every week as part of my job, and she was in very good shape,” Johnson told ITV News on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Rome.
As prime minister, Johnson has a weekly audience with the Queen. The most recent took place largely on Wednesday.
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“She has been told by her doctors that she needs to rest and I think we need to respect that and understand that and everyone wishes her all the best,” Johnson said.
Last week, the Queen underwent medical tests and spent a night at London’s King Edward VII’s Hospital, her first stay in eight years.
The Queen has continued to work since then and will continue with desktop-based tasks.
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During her rest period, she will miss attending the UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, which begins on Sunday. However, she has recorded a message that will be forwarded to the participants.
She will also skip the Festival of Remembrance on 13 November at the Royal Albert Hall in London, an event dedicated to honoring the British and Commonwealth men and women who have fought wars, disasters and pandemics to protect and defend the nation.
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However, the palace said it was the Queen’s ‘firm intention’ to attend a remembrance Sunday ceremony in central London on 14 November.
Britain’s longest living and longest reigning monarch, Elizabeth, is set to celebrate her platinum anniversary – 70 years on the throne – next year.