Queen Elizabeth II was spotted at the wheel of a car at Windsor Castle on Monday, allaying fears for her health after she skipped the UK-hosted COP26 summit on doctors´ advice.
The 95-year-old was seen alone in a green Jaguar estate she uses to transport her corgis, The Sun tabloid reported, under the headline: “One is OK”.
Commenting on the monarch’s picture royal expert Omid Scobie, the co-author of “Finding Freedom” said, “While some members of the Royal Family literally upgrade their wheels every year, I love the fact that the Queen is still driving around Windsor in a car that was discontinued 10-years ago.
He said, “These photo moments can often be pretty calculated (optics, after all, are everything) but it’s great to see the Queen out and about doing her thing. I hear HM has been out with her dogs regularly since she began her period of rest 11-days ago.”
The Queen pulled out of the United Nations climate summit, where world leaders gathered in Glasgow on Monday, after a rare public admission of health problems.
Buckingham Palace said in late October that she had attended a London private hospital for undisclosed “preliminary examinations” and stayed overnight.
The Queen swiftly resumed official duties and held several audiences via video link.
But she then pulled out of an expected appearance at an evening reception for COP26 in Glasgow on Monday after “advice to rest”, Buckingham Palace said.
The Palace later said she would rest for “at least” another two weeks.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the weekend said she was on “very good form”. She is still set to deliver an a pre-recorded video address to COP26 delegates at the evening event.
Her eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, was one of the speakers on Monday, along with revered natural history broadcaster David Attenborough, who is also 95.
The royal family has spoken out repeatedly about environmental issues in recent weeks and in mid-October the Queen was overheard expressing irritation with world leaders who “talk” but “don´t do” enough about climate change.
Britain´s longest-reigning monarch will celebrate her Platinum jubilee next year, marking 70 years on the throne.