Queen Elizabeth Cancels Official Visit to Northern Ireland on Doctor's Recommendation

According to royal reporters, the recommendation is not COVID related.

Queen Elizabeth II is taking a bit of a break. The 95-year-old British monarch has had a busy schedule lately, and at the recommendation of her doctor has decided to skip a planned trip to Northern Ireland. 

"The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days," a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Wednesday. "Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow."

The queen gave her "warmest good wishes" to the people of Northern Ireland and expressed a desire to visit in the future. 

A source tells ET that the decision to rest is not COVID-related, though the queen's condition is not currently being shared. 

"She has had a packed schedule recently," the source says. "She is resting at Windsor castle on doctors' advice but in good spirits." 

It has been a busy few days for the reigning monarch, who was recently photographed using a cane to walk. She invested Dame Cindy Kiro as the new Governor General of New Zealand via Zoom and hosted a reception at Windsor Castle on Tuesday evening to mark the Global Investment Summit with Prince Charles and Prince William by her side.

In videos shared from both events, Queen Elizabeth appeared to be in good spirits and showed no outward signs of illness. 

William and his wife, Kate Middleton, visited Northern Ireland in September for an official trip. Watch the clip below for more.