Platinum Jubilee 2022: Queen to miss St Paul’s service after experiencing ‘some discomfort’ – Palace statement
The Queen will miss the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral after experiencing “some discomfort” at her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The 96-year-old monarch is still taking part in the beacon lighting ceremony at Windsor Castle on Thursday night.
It appears to be a recurrence of the episodic mobility issues which forced her to miss the Queen’s Speech recently.
It comes after it was revealed that Prince Andrew would miss the same event, after testing positive for Covid-19.
“The Queen greatly enjoyed today’s birthday parade and flypast but did experience some discomfort. 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.
“The Queen is looking forward to participating in tonight’s beacon lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank all those who made today such a memorable occasion.”
Shortly prior to testing positive for Covid in February, the Queen was seen with a walking stick during her first in-person engagement of 202 at Windsor Castle.
Following advice from royal doctors, the Queen withdrew from the ceremonial opening of Parliament earlier this month due to her “episodic movement issues.”
Since the autumn of 2021, the monarch has missed a number of royal engagements.
This relatively sudden bout of ill-health has had some people wondering whether an acute illness might be to blame for the mobility issues she is suffering, rather than simply “old age”.
Queen joined by family at Jubilee events
The Queen took centre stage at her Jubilee celebrations on Thursday, greeting crowds from the Buckingham Palace balcony, surrounded by her family.
It was the second of two appearances from the monarch on the balcony on Thursday – the start of an extended Jubilee weekend marking her 70-year-reign.