Newsdeck

Queen skips Friday jubilee events

Queen Elizabeth to miss Friday Jubilee event due to mobility discomfort

epa09992097 People gather along the Mall to watch a fly past form the Red Arrows during Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London, Britain, 02 June 2022. Britain is enjoying a four day holiday weekend to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee marking the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne on 06 February 1952. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

LONDON, June 2 (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth will no longer attend Friday's Service of Thanksgiving for her seven decades as monarch after experiencing some mobility discomfort when she appeared at a military parade on Thursday, Buckingham Palace said.

The queen had been due to attend the service at St Paul’s Cathedral on the second day of celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee.

Earlier on Thursday she appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, waving to thousands of well wishers.

“The Queen greatly enjoyed today’s Birthday Parade and Flypast but did experience some discomfort,” the palace said.

“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.”

(Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Gallery

Comments - Please in order to comment.

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted

We would like our readers to start paying for Daily Maverick...

…but we are not going to force you to. Over 10 million users come to us each month for the news. We have not put it behind a paywall because the truth should not be a luxury.

Instead we ask our readers who can afford to contribute, even a small amount each month, to do so.

If you appreciate it and want to see us keep going then please consider contributing whatever you can.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options