Queen Elizabeth misses platinum Jubilee service

queen elizabeth misses platinum jubilee service
queen elizabeth misses platinum jubilee service

Friday is the second day of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the United Kingdom, with the highlight being a thanksgiving ceremony attended by senior royals and lawmakers. However, the 96-year-old monarch herself will be absent owing to ongoing mobility concerns.

The four days of celebrations began on Thursday, when a smiling Queen Elizabeth waved to the audience from the balcony of Buckingham Palace following a military parade and Royal Air Force flyover, and later oversaw the lighting of the Principal Platinum Jubilee Beacon at her Windsor Castle residence.

To commemorate the monarch’s 70 years on the throne, a National Service of Thanksgiving will be held in London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral.

However, the queen, who has recently been forced to postpone a number of engagements due to “episodic movement problems,” will be absent, withdrawing late on Thursday and diminishing the festive atmosphere of the day.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement, “The queen enjoyed today’s Birthday Parade and Flypast but did endure some pain.”

The drive from Windsor Castle, where she spends the majority of her time, to London and the service-related activities were deemed too taxing by officials, and a sorrowful but sensible decision was made.

According to a royal insider, the queen has never made a solid promise to attend the event; rather, she has always hoped to do so.

She will not be the only one to be absent. Prince Andrew, her 62-year-old second son, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will also skip the service, according to a Thursday statement from Buckingham Palace.

This would likely spare the royals some difficulty, given Andrew’s reputation has been damaged since he settled a U.S. lawsuit in February in which he was accused of sexually abusing a minor, charges he denies.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, who have made almost no public appearances in Britain since stepping down from royal duties two years ago, are expected to be present.

The pair relocated to the United States in order to pursue a more independent life, and they have since launched a series of scathing accusations against Buckingham Palace and the royal family.

To express appreciation for Elizabeth’s rule, the service will include Bible readings, prayers, and hymns. There will be political figures from Britain and throughout the world present, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson will deliver a reading.

David Ison, the Dean of St. Paul’s, will say, “Today, we gather in this cathedral church to offer God our thanks and praise for the reign of Her Majesty the Queen and, in particular, for her seventy years of diligent and devoted service.”

The cathedral’s ‘Great Paul’ bell, which dates back to 1882 and is the country’s largest, will also be rung for the first time during a royal event since it was refurbished last year following a mechanical failure in the 1970s.

The Lord Mayor of the City of London will hold a reception following the service at the Guildhall.

Thursday marked not just the beginning of the Jubilee, but also the 69th anniversary of Elizabeth’s coronation, which occurred in February 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI.

She is the third-longest reigning ruler of a sovereign state in history. According to public opinion polls, she continues to have immense support and esteem among the British populace.

Sandra Wallace, a 74-year-old retired educator and one of the tens of thousands who thronged central London on Thursday, stated, “She has always been a very special person in our life.”

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