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Queen Elizabeth Won’t Attend Thanksgiving Service Amid ‘Some Unease’ During Platinum Jubilee

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Queen Elizabeth II will not attend the Thanksgiving service due to “some discomfort”.

Buckingham Palace previously shared that the Queen’s attendance at events throughout the Platinum Jubilee weekend will likely only be confirmed “on the day”.

“The Queen enjoyed today’s birthday parade and flypast very much, but felt some discomfort,” a statement from Buckingham Palace said. “Given the travel and activity required to attend tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty has concluded with great reluctance that she will not attend.”

Queen Elizabeth will still attend the beacon lighting which will take place on Thursday evening.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Color in London on June 2.
(Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)


“The Queen looks forward to taking part in tonight’s Beacon Lighting Event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank everyone who made today such a memorable occasion,” the statement concluded.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee kicked off on Thursday with the Trooping of the Colour. The event will be followed by the lighting of the beacons on Thursday evening at Windsor Castle.

However, Friday’s main event – the Thanksgiving service – will continue without Queen Elizabeth II being present.

Queen Elizabeth Won’t Attend Thanksgiving Service Amid ‘Some Unease’ During Platinum Jubilee

The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is celebrated from June 2-5 in the UK and across the Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession.
(Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)


Prince Charles has increasingly replaced Queen Elizabeth II at major events as she continues to experience “episodic mobility issues”. The Queen was photographed with a cane for the first time at a major public event in October.

News of Queen Elizabeth II’s expected absence comes as the UK celebrates 70 years of the Queen’s reign. It follows the Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1977, 2002 and 2012, which marked 25, 50 and 60 years on the throne. Jubilees are usually marked by a combination of ceremonial military parades, a church service and street parties.

Queen Elizabeth Won’t Attend Thanksgiving Service Amid ‘Some Unease’ During Platinum Jubilee

Members of the Household Division parade during the Trooping of the Colors ceremony at Horse Guards Parade.
(Yui Mok/Pool)


The events started on June 2 and will continue until June 5.

Fox News’ Tracy Wright and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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