Queen Elizabeth II will not attend the jubilee mass on Friday at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, after having felt “some discomfort” on the first day of celebrations for his 70-year reign, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday.
“The Queen has greatly appreciated the parade for her anniversary today (Thursday) and the air parade but has felt some discomfort,” the Palace said in a statement.
The 96-year-old monarch regrets not going to the cathedral, although he will attend this Thursday the lighting of some beacons at Windsor Castleoutside London, as part of the celebrations for the 70 years of his reign, according to the palace.
“The queen really enjoyed today’s birthday parade and flight, but experienced some discomfort“, the royal residence said in a statement, after the sovereign appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of the parade of the British regiments, which marks the official birthday of Elizabeth II.
Thousands of people in the streets of London for the jubilee of Queen Elizabeth. AFP Photo
“Considering the travel and activity required to participate in tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Your Majesty, with great reluctance, has come to the conclusion that he will not attend“, points out the note.
“The Queen looks forward to taking part in tonight’s Lighthouse Lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank everyone who made today such a memorable occasion.”
Elizabeth II, who walks with the help of a cane, has reduced its commitments in the last year due to his mobility problems.
On today’s day, the queen greeted thousands of people who gathered in front of the palace from the balcony and witnessed the low flight of military planes.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. AFP photo
It’s scheduled tonight over 2,000 UK cities and towns and in dependent territories (former colonies) light torches as part of the Platinum Jubilee.
According to local media, Isabel II would have experienced some problems moving around today.
Source AP and EFE