Queen to retire from St Paul’s ministry after ‘discomfort’ during today’s anniversary events

The 96-year-old monarch decided with “great reluctance” that she would attend after fighting at today’s birthday parade and flypast, palace officials said

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The Queen will miss a Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral tomorrow after experiencing “discomfort” at today’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The 96-year-old monarch, who has struggled with mobility in recent months, made the decision “with great reluctance,” officials said.

The service will take place on the second day of celebrations for her 70th jubilee.

The Queen was pictured smiling alongside senior royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Color parade and flyby, but the day took its toll.

A source said she was experiencing “episodic mobility issues” which forced her to make the “regrettable but sensible” decision not to attend tomorrow’s service.

It is not known if the sovereign will miss further events related to her seven decades as head of state.







The monarch was joined by senior royals at Buckingham Palace today
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A senior palace spokesman said: “The Queen thoroughly enjoyed today’s birthday parade and flypast but had some complaints.

“Considering the travel and activities required to attend tomorrow’s national Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty has decided with great reluctance that she will not attend.

“The Queen is delighted to be attending today’s Beacon Lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank everyone who made today such a memorable occasion.”

A royal source said: “Her Majesty has thoroughly enjoyed today but episodic mobility issues have emerged throughout the day







The Queen has withdrawn from tomorrow’s service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

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

It’s the latest in a string of engagements the Queen has had to miss due to ill health.

She retired from a state visit to Northern Ireland last year 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 Queen seemed in good spirits at today’s celebrations
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The 96-year-old has struggled with mobility problems in recent months
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The Queen beamed as she kicked off her Platinum Jubilee celebrations by joining her family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to celebrate Trooping the Colour.

She chatted with her great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis while standing alongside Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and other senior royals to watch the RAF flyby.

The famous balcony moment followed an impressive military parade that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry watched through a balcony window after returning to the UK for the celebrations.

The Queen wore a pearl and rhinestone-embellished powder blue wool Charmelaine dress by Angela Kelly. She joined her cousin Duke to Kent to inspect the military parade before being joined by the rest of the family.







A new portrait of the Queen was released by the Palace last night
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She used a walking stick and wore the guard badge on her coat.

Thousands of well-wishers lined the Mall to celebrate the historic occasion, and some camped overnight to secure the best spots indoors. The famous street is a sea of ​​Union Jack flags, party hats, plastic tiaras and handcrafted signs with messages to the monarch.

A new official photo of the Queen was released last night to mark the occasion, along with a message from the woman of the hour.

She said: “Thank you to everyone involved in bringing communities, families, neighbors and friends together to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee in the UK and across the Commonwealth.

“I know that these festive occasions will create many fond memories.

“I remain inspired by the goodwill shown to me and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to look back on all that has been achieved over the last seventy years, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.”

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