The Queen pulls out of Jubilee thanksgiving service after 'discomfort' at Trooping the Colour

The Queen has pulled out of the Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral with "great reluctance", Buckingham Palace has confirmed

Why the Queen is not attending Jubilee thanksgiving service
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The Queen has pulled out of a Service of Thanksgiving in honor of her Platinum Jubilee today, after experiencing discomfort at yesterday's parade at Buckingham Palace. 

The Queen will not be present at her Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving in central London today due to her ongoing mobility issues, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. 

Her Majesty was expected to attend the ceremony in celebration of the 70th anniversary of her reign at St. Paul's Cathedral on Friday but has pulled out at the last minute after experiencing "discomfort" at yesterday's Trooping the Colour parade. 

The decision to withdraw was made with "great reluctance", after considering the "journey and activity" required of the 96-year-old monarch to partake in the event, palace officials announced just hours after the military festival wrapped up on Thursday. 

The Queen appeared with a walking stick on the balcony of Buckingham Palace yesterday to watch the RAF flypast at her annual birthday pageant and to wave to the thousands of spectators who had gathered in the Mall to pay tribute to the longest-ever reigning British monarch. 


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Her Majesty was joined by working members of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Prince William, and Kate Middleton, as well as the three adorable Cambridge children, George, Charlotte, and Louis, for the historic occasion. 

The royal reunion included a number of highlights, including Prince Louis' sweet moment with the Queen and Meghan Markle showing off her 'fun' parenting skills as she watched the festivities from the Major General's Office. 

Later that evening, Her Majesty led the lighting of the Principal Platinum Jubilee Beacon from Windsor Castle. 


Queen leads the lighting of the Principal Platinum Jubilee Beacon at Windsor Castle on June 2, 2022 

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Her Majesty extended her gratitude to her royal fans after the Trooping the Color, releasing the following statement:

"Thank you to everyone who has been involved in convening communities, families, neighbours and friends to mark my Platinum Jubilee, in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth."

"I know that many happy memories will be created at these festive occasions. I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last seventy years, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm." 

It remains unknown whether or not the Queen will attend the next major Jubilee event, the Epsom Derby, which is set to take place in Surrey on Saturday, June 4. 

Emma Dooney
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