Platinum Jubilee: Queen pulls out of event due to 'some discomfort'

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations have kicked off in London, but Buckingham Palace has just announced that the Queen has pulled out of a major event due to “discomfort”.

Her Majesty won’t be attending the Service of Thanksgiving, which is taking place at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday. The palace said the decision to pull out was made with “great reluctance” and blamed the Queen’s ongoing mobility issues, after considering the “journey and activity required” for the event.

The Queen smiling in light blue hat and wearing pearl earrings and sunglasses, for the Platinum Jubilee
The Queen looked happy when making her appearance for Trooping the Colour. Photo: Getty

The announcement came just hours after Her Majesty appeared on the Palace balcony for Trooping the Colour, where she was seen using a walking stick. While she appeared to enjoy the ceremony, the palace alluded to her mobility issues in their statement.

“The Queen greatly enjoyed today’s Birthday Parade and Flypast but did experience some discomfort,” the palace began.

“Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty with great reluctance has concluded that she will not 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.

A palace spokesperson had warned that the Queen would decide which Platinum Jubilee events she would be attending, depending on how she was feeling.

“The Queen is looking forward to the [Platinum Jubilee] and will be taking part in the celebrations but her presence will not be confirmed until much nearer the time or even on the day itself.”

The Queen stands next to her son Prince Charles for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. She is wearing a blue hat and blue jacket with white gloves.
The Queen suffered 'some discomfort' while taking part in the festivities. Photo: Getty

Prince Andrew tests positive for COVID

This comes after her son Prince Andrew confirmed he would also miss the Service of Thanksgiving, after testing positive for COVID.

Buckingham Palace made the announcement, saying, “After undertaking a routine test the Duke of York has tested positive for COVID and with regret will no longer be attending tomorrow’s service of Thanksgiving.”

According to the BBC, it is understood the Duke of York has seen the Queen recently, but not since he tested positive.

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