The Queen is expected to drastically scale back her presence at her Platinum Jubilee in light of her ongoing health concerns, a royal expert has claimed.
- The Queen is likely to scale back her participation in her Platinum Jubilee 2022 in light of her ongoing health issues, according to a royal expert.
- Her Majesty's potential no-show at key events this June Bank Holiday Weekend has reportedly led to concerns amongst royal aides over attendance numbers.
- In other royal news, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle refused royal privilege on Netherlands trip but may still receive 'VIP' treatment.
The Queen will likely scale back her appearances at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer due to her ongoing health issues, according to a royal expert.
The 70th anniversary of Her Majesty's reign will be marked this June with a four-day-long bank holiday weekend of street parties, outdoor lunches, and a star-studded concert at Buckingham Palace.
The 95-year-old is the first-ever monarch to reach the milestone, having ruled as the British sovereign since the sudden death of her father, King Edward VI, in 1952.
Unfortunately, the Queen's health woes have placed uncertainty over her attendance at the historic event. Her Majesty has suffered a series of medical issues over the past several months, many of which resulted in the cancellation of multiple engagements.
Concerns for the monarch's wellbeing reached a boiling point in February, when the palace officials confirmed that the Queen had COVID-19. The royal matriarch has since recovered from the virus but reportedly remains unable to stand for long periods of time unassisted.
With the Queen's fragile condition likely to prevent her from immersing herself in the Jubilee festivities, it's expected that she will be very selective in the events she attends.
The extended Bank Holiday weekend promises a stellar lineup of royal-themed activities, including a Platinum Jubilee Concert and a Platinum Jubilee Pageant paying tribute to the story of Her Majesty's reign. While it's hoped that the Queen will be able to join, her attendance at the bashes remains unconfirmed.
"It's going to be very difficult and I think they will only show her in a few instances, maybe at the service at St Paul's," royal insider Angela Levin told the Sun. "That will be very important to her because she is a Christian."
The Queen will also pop up at the annual Trooping the Color, which marks her official birthday with a patriotic parade of soldiers, horses, and music, as well as The Derby at Epsom Downs.
As for the rest of the Jubilee celebrations, Levin warns royal fans not to get their hopes up.
"I don’t think we'll see her around and about. Maybe she'll be well enough to sit and watch horses," she predicted. "It won't be her, everywhere. But if she is there, she will appreciate the fact the public will be wanting to be there and supporting her."
Uncertainty over the Queen's attendance at the Jubilee has reportedly led to anxiety amongst palace officials. According to Levin, Her Majesty's absence at certain events could have a negative impact on crowd numbers.
"I imagine that the aides are worried that if the public don't see her, people may think that if she's not there it's not worth us going," she explained.
"I'm sure everyone in the Palace hopes that people will turn up to show their respects and say thank you for an extraordinary reign both in length and in breadth."
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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.
Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.
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