Boris Johnson cancels meeting with Queen for urgent Brexit talks

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Boris Johnson meets Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels

The Queen’s weekly Wednesday audiences with Mr Johnson have continued by telephone throughout the pandemic pausing only when the PM was in hospital receiving treatment for Covid-19.

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However, this week the meeting was called off as Mr Johnson remained in Brussels attempting to hash out a post-Brexit trade deal with EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen.

The Prime Minister travelled to Brussels on Wednesday for a three-hour working dinner with Ms Von der Leyen.

The last-ditch negotiations have been extended until Sunday following Wednesday’s meeting.

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Queen Elizabeth II snub: Boris shuns weekly meeting with Queen as Brexit talks heat up (Image: GETTY)

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Queen Elizabeth II snub: Mr Johnson is the Queen’s 14th Prime Minister (Image: GETTY)

Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen’s audience with the Prime Minister had been postponed after this week’s court circular showed no record of the meeting.

The Palace confirmed the Queen would speak with the PM as usual next week.

A Palace spokesman said: « The audience was postponed due to the Prime Minister’s busy diary.

« One is planned for next week. »

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Queen Elizabeth II snub: The Queen is Britain’s head of state (Image: GETTY)

What do the Queen and the Prime Minister discuss in their meetings?

Queen Elizabeth II, 94, is the head of state and her weekly meetings with Britain’s Prime Minister are an essential part of her constitutional role. During her 68-year reign, the Queen has overseen the comings and goings of 13 British prime ministers and Boris Johnson is her 14th.

Mr Johnson calls the Queen every Wednesday evening to update her on Government matters.

while the Queen remains politically neutral on all matters, she is able to « advise and warn » her ministers – including her PM – when necessary, according to the royal family’s official website.

Before the pandemic, these meetings would take place in person at Buckingham Palace but have been carried out by phone during the Covid-19 crisis.

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While Buckingham Palace has traditionally been the Queen’s administrative base, the decision was made to move it to Windsor Castle during the pandemic.

The Queen is thought to be safer living outside the capital where infection rates are higher.

Last week it was confirmed that the Queen and Philip will spend Christmas Day at Windsor Castle for the first time in 33 years.

Usually, the couple marks the holiday at Sandringham where they welcome extended Royal Family members from Christmas Eve until Boxing Day.

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Queen Elizabeth II snub: The Queen stepped out for a royal engagement at Windsor Castle on Tuesday evening (Image: GETTY)

However, this year the royal couple have dramatically pared-back their plans amid the pandemic.

They may meet Royal Family members for walks in the grounds of Windsor Castle as regulations are relaxed from December 23 to December 27.

Given that they are both in their 90s it is thought unlikely that they will invite family round for Christmas lunch this year.

The Queen delighted royal fans on Wednesday by stepping out to thanks local volunteers and frontline workers at Windsor Castle.

She was joined by senior royals including Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall for the special engagement.

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