The Queen will miss the Commonwealth Day service but will keep other in-person events


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Buckingham Palace has said Queen Elizabeth II, who has recently recovered from COVID-19, will not attend a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey next week.

The palace said on Friday that the 95-year-old monarch had asked her eldest son, Prince Charles, to represent her at Monday’s service celebrating Britain and the international grouping based around its former colonies.

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The palace said the Queen plans to continue with other scheduled engagements next week, including in-person audiences.

Queen Elizabeth II receives Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during an audience at Windsor Castle on March 7, 2022 in Windsor, England. It was his first in-person event after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
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The Queen tested positive for COVID-19 on February 20 and is believed to have mild symptoms. She resumed her in-person engagements this week, meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Windsor Castle on Monday and later meeting the head of Britain’s armed forces.

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Palace officials said Elizabeth had been fully vaccinated and given a booster shot.

Members of the Royal Family attending the Commonwealth Day service include Charles, his wife Camilla, and Prince William and his wife Catherine.


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