Queen expected to miss Easter Sunday service at Windsor after Maundy Thursday cancellation

The Queen is not expected to join the Royal Family for their annual Easter Sunday service at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle tomorrow

Queen expected to miss Easter Sunday service at Windsor
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The Queen will not attend the Easter Sunday service at Windsor tomorrow, according to a royal insider. 

The Queen will not join the Royal Family for their Easter Sunday church service tomorrow, according to an inside source. 

Her Majesty traditionally attends the annual ceremony at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, alongside her fellow senior royals, to mark the end of Lent and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

It's understood that she won't make this year's service, however, after months of battling ongoing health issues. 

The disappointing news comes shortly after the Queen was replaced by Prince Charles for Maundy Thursday, which historically involves her giving gifts to older people who have made a contribution to their community. It's understood that she regretted being unable to attend, having only missed the ceremony four times during her 70-year-long reign. 


Queen attends Easter Sunday service in 2019 

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The 95-year-old, who passed her Platinum Jubilee in Feburary, has been keeping a low profile since her last public appearance at Prince Philip's memorial service. She currently spends most of her time at Windsor Castle, where it's understood she is continuing to fulfill 'light duties' from her office. On Friday, she was visited by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Berkshire property, marking her first meeting with the couple since their emigration to North America in early 2020. 

The Queen's well-being has been the source of much speculation for months now—and it looks like it isn't about to disappear from the headlines any time soon. 

The royal matriarch has suffered a string of health issues over the past year, many of which have led to her canceling engagements at the last minute. Concerns for Her Majesty reached a boiling point in February after it was confirmed that the Queen had COVID-19. She spoke candidly about her illness for the first time last week, revealing that the virus left her 'exhausted' during a virtual meeting with a fellow survivor. 

The Queen has also battled ongoing mobility problems, which have hindered her ability to move around as easily. It's understood that she has since had a wheelchair-friendly lift fitted at her Scottish holiday home, Balmoral Castle, as well as a golf buggy delivered to Windsor Castle. 

Emma Dooney
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