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Questions over Queen’s COP26 attendance as she misses church service

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THE Queen missed a church service yesterday, just a week ahead of being due to travel to Scotland to host a reception for world leaders at the COP26 climate change summit.

It has not yet been confirmed whether the Queen will definitely carry out the engagement in Glasgow next Monday, but it remains listed as a future engagement on the royal family’s official website.

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The Sun reported that Sunday’s service was the first time she had missed prayers at Windsor’s All Saints Chapel since she returned from her summer break at Balmoral.

She was admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital on Wednesday for her first overnight stay in a medical setting in eight years.

Royal sources suggested the Queen was “knackered” due to a busy social life and her preference for late-night television, as well as a hectic schedule of engagements throughout October.

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Buckingham Palace kept the Queen’s stay in hospital a secret, saying on Wednesday she was resting at Windsor and in good spirits after pulling out of a Northern Ireland visit.

Buckingham Palace has declined to comment.

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