Frail Queen is withdrawing from the Legendary Event while Charles seeks to take her place

The Queen, suffering from episodic mobility issues, will reportedly miss the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, with Prince Charles set to replace her

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The Queen and her family appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

The Queen will miss the Birmingham Commonwealth Games due to her increasing frailty, with Prince Charles expected to replace her, sources say.

It comes after the 96-year-old monarch pulled out of several events in recent months, including her platinum jubilee thanksgiving service.

Charles will stand in for his mother, who is the Head of the Commonwealth, at the competition’s opening ceremony on July 28 in Birmingham.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are likely to attend the Games over several days, MailPlus Reports citing high-level figures involved in the games.

Other senior royals, including Prince Edward and Princess Anne, are also said to be making an appearance.

Buckingham Palace has been asked for comment.

The Queen has had to withdraw from a number of events in recent months due to “episodic mobility issues”.

The Queen has withdrawn from a series of events in recent months



Her Majesty was unable to attend a thanksgiving service held in her honor at St Paul’s Cathedral last week after experiencing “discomfort” during her birthday parade.

The monarch made the decision “with great reluctance,” officials said.

After the Queen’s birthday parade, a royal source said: “Her Majesty has thoroughly enjoyed today but episodic mobility issues have arisen throughout the day

“An unfortunate but sensible decision given the travel, time and physical demands of attending a service at St. Paul’s.

Her Majesty made a balcony appearance last week following her anniversary competition


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“It was always Her Majesty’s hope that she would attend rather than a firm commitment.”

Last year, the Queen retired from a state visit to Northern Ireland and was hospitalized for her first overnight stay in eight years in October last year.

She also missed the Cop26 climate summit, the Festival of Remembrance and the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph.

Last month, Prince Charles delivered the Queen’s speech on her behalf at the State Opening of Parliament.

The last two times Her Majesty was unable to attend, in 1959 and 1963, the Lord Chancellor read the Queen’s speech on behalf of the Monarch.

A Letters Patent authorized by the Queen was issued to cover the Opening of State, giving the Councilors of State the royal function of opening a new session of Parliament.

In this case, it allows Charles and William to perform this function together.

The move has been interpreted as a significant shift in Charles’ responsibilities as king-in-waiting.

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