'Humbled' Queen says she's 'committed to serving' the people despite Platinum Jubilee absences

The Queen vowed to continue serving the people of the United Kingdom on the final day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Queen 'committed to serving' despite Platinum Jubilee absences
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The Queen has said that she remains 'committed' to serving the UK people, after missing multiple events at the Platinum Jubilee over the weekend. 

The Queen has confirmed that she has no plans to retire any time soon, promising the United Kingdom that she remains 'committed to serving you to the best of my ability' on the final day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations. 

Her Majesty shared her gratitude for the public's support in an open letter last night, revealing that she is 'humbled and 'deeply touched' by the nation's celebrations of the 70th anniversary of her reign over the past four days. 

The 96-year-old also acknowledged that, as the first British monarch to reach a Platinum Jubilee, she had no frame of reference for how to commemorate the historic milestone. 

"When it comes to how to mark seventy years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee," she said. 


 Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge on the balcony during the Platinum Pageant on June 05, 2022 in London, England. 

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The Queen also reassured royal fans that, despite her absences at various events over the extended bank holiday weekend, she has every intention of continuing her job as sovereign. 

"While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family," she said. 

The beloved monarch's involvement in her own Jubilee was drastically scaled back due to her ongoing mobility issues, with several highly-anticipated appearances - including her attendance at the Service of Thanksgiving and the Epsom Derby - being regrettably canceled at the last minute. She also missed the Platinum Party at the Palace, opting to watch the show from the comfort of her home at Windsor Castle instead. 

The Queen concluded her letter on a hopeful note, offering kind words to her millions of supporters in the UK and across the Commonwealth.  

"I have been inspired by the kindness, joy, and kinship that has been so evident in recent days, and I hope this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come," she said. 

"I thank you most sincerely for your good wishes and for the part you have all played in these happy celebrations."

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

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