Queen Elizabeth II will miss a royal engagement scheduled for Friday after feeling “uncomfortable” during Thursday’s monumental Platinum Jubilee celebration.
“The Queen enjoyed the birthday parade and today’s flypast very much, but felt some discomfort,” a royal family spokesperson said. said in a press release.
“Given the travel and activity required to attend tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty has concluded with great reluctance that she will not attend.”
The statement concluded: “The Queen looks forward to taking part in tonight’s Beacon Lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank everyone who made today such a memorable occasion.”
Despite her discomfort, Her Majesty, 96, appeared in high spirits on Thursday as she waved to crowds outside Buckingham Palace to honor her 70 years on the British throne.
She was joined by several members of the royal family, including Kate Middleton, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie – who all coordinated with Her Royal Highness in blue – for the monarch’s annual birthday celebration, Trooping the Color .
Prince William and his children with Middleton, Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, were also present – the youngest stealing the show due to his adorable antics.
He was pictured reacting hilariously to the loud planes flying overhead, his mouth open and his eyes closed, and at one point he appeared to be screaming with his hands over both ears.
However, the Queen didn’t appear to be bothered by the youngster’s behavior, so his recent health issues could be the reason for his impending absence from Friday’s event.
In May, Queen Elizabeth II canceled an appearance at the official opening of Parliament due to “episodic mobility issues” she was having at the time.
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She also contracted COVID-19 in February, and although Prince Charles shared that his mother was “better” weeks after her diagnosis, mobility issues in the elderly may be a side effect of the virus.
According to findings published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, middle-aged and elderly patients who have had even a mild case of COVID-19 may experience “worsened mobility and functional outcomes after infection.”
In April, Queen Elizabeth II shared that the coronavirus had left her “very tired”.
The monarch’s late husband, Prince Philip, died aged 99 in April 2021.