The Queen withdrew from her second performance due to “discomfort” while celebrating her platinum jubilee.
Buckingham Palace has announced that the Queen will no longer attend the Epsom Derby on Saturday.
Instead, she will watch the show horse races, which are part of her platinum anniversary celebrations, on TV at Windsor Castle, the palace said in a statement.
Before the pandemic, the Queen only missed Derby Day twice during her reign. The Princess Royal is expected to officially introduce her sister the Queen at Saturday’s Derby.
The 96-year-old monarch previously withdrew from Friday’s Thanksgiving anniversary service after experiencing “discomfort” during Thursday’s event when she appeared on the palace balcony with members of the royal family to greet well-wishers.
The Queen has previously spoken about mobility issues, and the palace confirmed that on the eve of the jubilee, the monarch will consider activities she can attend during the four-day celebration.
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It also emerged that Prince Andrew tested positive for Covid-19 and had only seen the Queen a few days ago.
On Friday, the Queen was scheduled to join the National Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in central London. She would be part of a large contingent, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who flew in from the US.
The Queen has a deep faith, and skipping a religious service would not be an easy decision.
However, Buckingham Palace has stated that she will not attend St. Paul’s Cathedral.
“The Queen enjoyed today’s birthday parade and flyby very much, but experienced some discomfort,” the statement released on Thursday said.
“Given the travel and activity required to attend tomorrow’s National Thanksgiving Service, Her Majesty has come to the conclusion with great reluctance that she will not be attending.
“The Queen looks forward to being part of tonight’s lighthouse lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank everyone who made today such a memorable event.”
On Thursday, the Queen walked out of Buckingham Palace with a cane to begin four days of public events marking her historic platinum jubilee. The Jubilee marks the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s reign.
The 96-year-old was seen with a cane as she made her way to the balcony with her cousin, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, 86. photo shoots with Princes Harry and Andrew.
While her appearance at the event was in doubt after she faced mobility issues, the aid of a cane and evidence of good health over the past few weeks has allowed the monarch to receive a salute from mounted troops from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. waving royal standard.
Andrew tests positive for Covid
It has been revealed that Prince Andrew has contracted Covid and will also miss the religious service.
The scandal torn apart by the prince was already on the sidelines of most events.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the Duke of York’s positive result on Thursday.
“After a routine test, the Duke tested positive for Covid and will no longer be present at tomorrow’s service with regret,” a palace spokesman said.
Andrew was last seen on horseback on Wednesday near Windsor Castle. Sky News UK.
It is also known that he saw the queen in the last days. This could be cause for concern given the queen’s full weekend events and her failing health.
BBC said Andrew had been tested regularly and had not seen the Queen since he tested positive.