Queen pictured driving around Windsor Castle estate as she takes two weeks’ rest

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Queen Elizabeth II driving her Jaguar car in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Monday  (Rex Features)
Queen Elizabeth II driving her Jaguar car in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Monday (Rex Features)

The Queen was pictured on Monday driving by herself around her Windsor Castle estate as she continues to take a rest from royal duties on medical advice.

The photograph showed the 95-year-old monarch wearing a headscarf and sunglasses behind the wheel of the car.

In October, the monarch was forced to cancel some planned engagements and spent a night in hospital for an unspecified, although not Covid-19 related ailment, her first such overnight stay since 2013.

Watch: Queen advised to rest for the next two weeks

Buckingham Palace said her doctors had instructed her to rest and avoid official visits for at least two weeks.

One of those engagements she was forced to pull out of was a reception to mark the opening of the United Nations climate change summit COP26, which was getting fully underway on Monday.

The Queen, who is known for her robust health, has still carried out a number of virtual audiences by videolink, in which she has appeared well and cheerful.

The Queen was wearing a signature headscarf and a pair of sunglasses for the drive (Rex Features)
The Queen was wearing a signature headscarf and a pair of sunglasses for the drive (Rex Features)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had spoken to her last week and said she was “on very good form”.

Despite ruling out attendance at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 14, Buckingham Palace said the head of state has the “firm intention” of leading the nation in honouring the country's war dead on Remembrance Sunday the next day.

In a statement on Friday, the palace said: “Following on from their recent advice that the Queen should rest for a few days, Her Majesty’s doctors have advised that she should continue to rest for at least the next two weeks.

“The doctors have advised that Her Majesty can continue to undertake light, desk-based duties during this time, including some virtual audiences, but not to undertake any official visits.

“Her Majesty regrets that this means she will be unable to attend the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday November 13.

“However, it remains The Queen's firm intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, on November 14.”

There will be concern for the Queen given her advanced years, but medics see the period of rest as a sensible precaution.

The Queen appeared cheerful and in good humour when she hosted a virtual presentation ceremony on Thursday, awarding the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 2020 to poet David Constantine.

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