Queen won’t attend church service amid ‘discomfort’

The Queen will not attend a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday (local time) after feeling “some discomfort” during the Platinum Jubilee events.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen, with “great reluctance”, was not attending due to the travel and activity required to attend.

It is not immediately clear how the news will affect Jubilee events over the weekend.

The Queen has struggled to get around in recent months and has pulled out of many public events.

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However, the Palace said she was looking forward to taking part in Thursday night’s Beacon lighting event at Windsor Castle.

The Queen drew cheers from the tens of thousands of people gathered to celebrate her 70 years on the throne when she stepped onto the balcony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

His fans sported Union Jack flags, party hats or plastic tiaras as they watched the Trooping the Colour, a military parade that marks the official birthday of every sovereign since 1760.

It was an explosion of joy in a huge crowd, one of the first large gatherings since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic more than two years ago.

Elizabeth, who became queen at 25, is Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and the first to reach seven decades on the throne.

The Jubilee is commemorated with an extravagant four-day party and events, including a concert at Buckingham Palace on Saturday (local time) and a performance by thousands of performers from schools and community groups across the country on Sunday. (local hour). Thousands of street parties are planned across the country, repeating a tradition that began with the Queen’s coronation in 1953.