Shortly before her 96th birthday: The Queen misses Easter services

Shortly before his 96th birthday
The Queen misses Easter services

Easter is also a big holiday for the royal family. But this year services will likely take place without the Queen. The reasons for this are not given. The monarch, who turns 96 on April 21, has had to cancel appointments more frequently lately.

Queen Elizabeth II is not expected to attend the Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle this weekend. This is reported by the British media, citing Buckingham Palace.

Already at the “Royal Maundy” service in Windsor on Thursday, according to the “Daily Mail”, the Queen will be represented by heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife, Duchess Camilla. The Queen had never missed the traditional ceremony in the past 50 years.

Prince Charles and Camilla would then spend Easter at their Birkhall estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Other members of the royal family are said to be present at the Easter service in Windsor.

In recent months, the monarch had canceled several events due to mobility issues. Reasons for Easter’s cancellation were not given. Elizabeth II turns 96 on April 21.

Sold out by Corona

According to the media, the queen is in good health, but her mobility is limited. In March, she was escorted to her seat by her son, Prince Andrew, during the memorial service for her late husband, Prince Philip, at Westminster Abbey in London. It was the Queen’s first major official appearance in six months.

Previously, she had increasingly ceded public appearances to other members of the royal family. Prior to the “Maundy” service, Prince Charles performed her at the “Commonwealth Day” service at Westminster Abbey.

A few days ago, the 95-year-old spoke to British health service workers about the corona pandemic and also reported on her own experiences with the virus. “It leaves you very tired and exhausted, doesn’t it?” she said, addressing doctors, nurses and patients. The Queen contracted the virus in February. The Palace said at the time that she had mild, cold-like symptoms.

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