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 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.”
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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