Prince Charles makes quick recovery for COP26 speech after falling on stairs

Prince Charles' opening speech at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow got off to a shaky start as he nearly tripped while making his way up to the stage.

The 72 year old appeared confident as he speedily made his way up the stairs, but a slight misstep made him nearly lose his footing.

However, the future King regained his composure and made a quick recovery walked over to the podium to speak in front of delegates from across the globe.

Charles, who was recently "reduced to tears" as Prince William discussed the importance of royal succession, spoke about the need to tackle environmental issues.

During his speech, he said: "The scale and scope of the threat we face call for a global, systems-level solution based on radically transforming our current fossil fuel-based economy to one that is genuinely renewable and sustainable.

"So ladies and gentleman, my plea today is for countries to come together to create the environment that enables every sector of industry to take the action required."

This comes after the Queen pulled out of her appearance at the CO26 summit in Glasgow on Monday 1 November.

The Monarch, 95, has been advised to rest by medical professionals following her hospital stay, following reports she was also asked to cut back on drinking alcohol, and has therefore decided she will no longer travel to the summit, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

She will instead make a virtual appearance as she will record a video message for the event.

A spokesperson from Buckingham Palace said: "Following advice to rest, The Queen has been undertaking light duties at Windsor Castle.

"Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the Evening Reception of COP26 on Monday, 1st November.

"Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message."

The Queen underwent some tests at the private King Edward VII's Hospital in London on October 20, in what was her first overnight stay in eight years.

Her aides said the tests were only "precautionary", but the Queen has also made other changes in recent weeks.

She even started using a walking stick in public two weeks ago for the first time.

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