The Queen ‘still hopes’ to attend Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh on March 29 at Westminster Abbey, but there are concerns she may not be mobile enough to do so
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Plans are being drawn up for the Queen to attend the memorial service for her late husband, Prince Philip later this month, it has been reported.
It comes after Buckingham Palace said her Queen would not attend the Commonwealth Day service on Monday and her son Prince Charles would take her place.
It is understood the Queen is “still hoping” to attend Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh on March 29 at Westminster Abbey, but there are concerns she may not be mobile enough to do so.
The 95-year-old king is said to have rejected the use of wheelchairs during this period.
The Mail on Sunday understands she has ruled out the option of using a wheelchair at this stage and remains determined to keep walking for as long as possible.
It was reported that her aides said the Queen was so weak that she could not walk her beloved puppies.
Queen Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 corgis in her lifetime, but she hasn’t walked her dogs at Windsor Castle for six months.
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The Queen, who turns 96 next month and is just recovering from Covid, last week moved around Windsor Castle without a cane and without a new illness.
But she still made the “regrettable” decision late Friday to withdraw from the annual Commonwealth Service, which is often the highlight of her calendar.
In a statement, the palace said: “The Queen has asked the Prince of Wales to represent the Queen at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Monday.”
It is understood that detailed plans are being worked out for how the Queen can comfortably attend Philip’s service.
Service was cut to 50 minutes and the Queen had to use a side door so she wouldn’t have to walk long to the aisle to get to her seat, it was reported.
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Penny Junor, a royal biographer, said to have told Mail on Sunday : “The Queen is extraordinary. She has been through so many years but we must remember that she is 95 years old and not superhuman.
“In other respects, she’s been in great form. The Queen is great on calls from Zoom, but I think events where she is required to walk or go up any steps. which will no longer be possible.
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“And luckily, we have the technology that means she won’t completely disappear from view.”
Last month, she admitted her frailty for the first time during her royal engagement at Windsor Castle.
The Queen told visiting military officials: “As you can see, I cannot move.”
The last time she saw a group of people in public was on February 5.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/plans-queen-attend-philips-memorial-26454997 Royal experts say plans for the Queen to attend Philip's memorial are being planned