Keep her safe! Nick Ferrari stresses protecting Queen amid COP26 summit Covid talks

Nick Ferrari says we must keep the Queen 'safe' from COVID-19

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LBC host Nick Ferrari appeared on Wednesday’s instalment of This Morning to discuss the Queen pulling out of the COP26 summit in Glasgow on health grounds. Nick stressed to ITV hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that it was integral to keep the 95-year-old monarch safe “while this damn [corona]virus reinvents itself”. 

The Queen will not be attending the COP26 summit because she has been urged to rest by her doctors. 

The monarch was set to host a reception for world leaders at the conference, which is being held in Glasgow next week.

However, she will now make a pre-recorded appearance via a video link.

Nick appeared on This Morning to tell viewers he thought the Queen and her doctors had made the right decision. 

Nick stressed: “Quite rightly, the Queen has been told to rest. We all want COP26 to be a success but there are people coming from all over the world. 

“COVID-19 is still reinventing itself and nobody knowingly or willingly of course wants to go and infect the Queen, but you have got thousands of people converging on Glasgow. 

“I think it is absolutely right while this damn virus reinvents itself to keep her safe. She’s still working, she’s holding video conferences.” 

Phillip Schofield chimed in: “Would they have known that months and months ago that it wouldn’t be sensible?” 

However, Nick explained: “I am looking at where we find ourselves now and I reckon the most important date in her calendar will be Remembrance Sunday and that is something which she has never missed or her father had ever missed. No monarch ever wants to miss that.”

He told Phillip he believes the Queen would have rather given the summit “a miss” in order to attend the memorial event to be there for the “men and women who have given their lives”. 

Just last week, Her Majesty pulled out of a trip to Northern Ireland upon receiving medical advice telling her to rest. 

It had been hoped that this would allow the monarch to attend the COP26 Summit the following month.

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But following an overnight stay in hospital last week, Buckingham Palace said the 95-year-old had “regretfully decided” not to travel to Glasgow.

Holly then asked another guest, broadcaster Nicola Thorp, if the Queen needed to be at the summit in person, taking her age and health into account. 

Nicole replied: “It would have been really positive to have her, as the head of state, there.

“But she’s old and needs to take time off and as a reigning monarch, you can do that. 

“Maybe this is the change in technology we have and maybe monarchs can now reign behind a Zoom camera.”

Viewers took to Twitter to defend the Queen’s decision not to attend the summit on November 1. 

Shrimpsy added: “Let’s face it this is the Queen with the best health team in the world, don’t keep on about her age, she’s 95 not dead and definitely not stupid.”

Estella Joyce remarked: “No, the Queen isn’t going to attend #COP26. I don’t feel this is a big deal. Yes, she was in hospital overnight but she’s 95 for god’s sake! All this pathetic speculation about the reasons for it is completely unnecessary.”

Prince Charles and Prince William, both keen environmental campaigners, will now take over the hosting of the event, alongside their wives the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge.

This Morning continues weekdays on ITV. 

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