The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Proceeds Without Her In Attendance

On Friday, members of the Royal family arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral in London for a jubilee thanksgiving service in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign.

However, the 96-year-old Queen was not in attendance herself. 

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were in attendance, alongside Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, were also there for the momentous event at the cathedral. 

The Queen, however, was forced to skip the event after she experienced “some discomfort” Thursday while watching the kick-off of her Platinum Jubilee with the Trooping the Colour parade from the balcony at Buckingham Palace. 

In a statement on Friday, a representative of the Queen said she had “greatly enjoyed” the Platinum Jubilee’s opening events.

“Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty, with great reluctance, has concluded that she will not attend,” the statement continued. 

“The Queen is looking forward to participating in tonight’s beacon lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank all those who made today such a memorable occasion.”

Her Majesty will watch the thanksgiving service on television from Windsor Castle.

The Queen made two appearances on the Buckingham Palace balcony Thursday to the delight of thousands of flag-waving supporters below.


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