Platinum Jubilee: Kate gives health update on the Queen

The Queen, 96, will not be attending Epsom Derby after also pulling out of the Platinum Jubilee's Service of Thanksgiving due to "discomfort".

The palace said the decision to pull out of Friday's service was made with “great reluctance” and blamed the Queen’s ongoing mobility issues, after considering the “journey and activity required” for the event.

Queen with Kate Middleton, Prince William and their three children at the Platinum Jubilee
Kate Middleton has given a health update on the Queen as she was forced to pull out of yet another Platinum Jubilee event. Photo: Getty

It comes after Her Majesty attended the Trooping the Colour on Thursday with The Sun speaking to Gill Smallwood, who attended London's Guildhall on Friday, shared that Kate Middleton told her the Queen found the day "very tiring".

"[Kate] said, 'Yes, she was fine, it was just very tiring yesterday, and she had had a lovely, lovely time'," Ms Smallwood shared.


Until the pandemic, the Queen had only missed Derby Day twice in her reign with the Princess Royal expected to officially represent Her Majesty.

The Queen's unprecedented 70 years on the throne will be celebrated by 40 jockeys, who have ridden for the monarch, forming a guard of honour.

The Service of Thanksgiving
The Queen did not attend the Service of Thanksgiving due to 'discomfort'. Photo: Getty

Buckingham Palace confirmed before the Jubilee that the Queen would only confirm her attendance to events on the day of if she felt well enough.

The Queen's love of horse racing was referenced by Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell during the Service of Thanksgiving.

He praised her for "staying the course" and said she was "still in the saddle" despite not being able to attend.

There have been health concerns for the monarch recently after she missed a string of events over Easter and announced she would no longer be attending any of her garden parties.

The Service of Thanksgiving was the first event attended by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who did not interact with Prince William or Kate.

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