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ROME – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday that Queen Elizabeth II was “in very good shape” during their weekly conversation earlier this week.

His comment comes a day after Buckingham Palace said the 95-year-old monarch had been asked by medics to rest for two more weeks.

“I spoke to Her Majesty as I do every week in my job and she was in very good shape,” Johnson told ITV News on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Rome.

As Prime Minister, Johnson has a weekly audience with the Queen. The most recent took place practically on Wednesday.

“Her doctors have told her she needs to rest and I think we have to respect that and understand that and everyone wishes her the best,” Johnson said.

Last week the Queen underwent medical tests and spent a night at King Edward VII Hospital in London, her first such stay in eight years.

The Queen has continued to work since then and will continue with her office duties.

During her rest period, she will miss attending the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, which begins on Sunday. However, she recorded a message that will be relayed to the participants.

She will also skip the November 13 Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London, an event meant to honor the British and Commonwealth men and women who have fought wars, disasters and pandemics to protect and defend the nation.

However, the palace said it was the Queen’s “firm intention” to be present for a Remembrance Sunday ceremony in central London on November 14.

The longest-lived and longest reigning British monarch, Elizabeth is set to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – next year.

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