Queen Elizabeth II to Skip Jubilee Thanksgiving Service

Queen Elizabeth II will not attend the national service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral in central London on June 3 after experiencing “some discomfort.”

Buckingham Palace said in a statement that the 96-year-old monarch will miss the service “with great reluctance” following “some discomfort” while watching the military parade on June 2.

Earlier in the day, the Queen appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch the parade with her family.

The Queen also attended the beacon lighting event at Windsor Castle on June 2 evening.

The Queen “would like to thank all those who made today such a memorable occasion,” the palace said.

The Queen’s absence at the service means that Charles, Prince of Wales will officially represent his mother.

At the service, the country’s largest church bell — Great Paul — will ring out in celebration of the Queen’s reign.

Prince Andrew, the Queen’s second son, will also miss the thanksgiving service after testing positive for COVID-19.

In recent weeks, the Queen has had to miss engagements due to health problems.

In May, the Queen missed the State Opening of Parliament due to “episodic mobility problems.”

In February, the Queen caught COVID-19, leaving her feeling “very tired and exhausted.”


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