What has the Queen said about dropping out of today's Jubilee event?

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

This four-day weekend is jam-packed with special events celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and 70 years on the throne, a position she has held since her mid-twenties – which is no mean feat! And following yesterday's Trooping the Colour ceremony (which saw her and Prince Louis bond on the Palace balcony), the Queen was expected to attend a service at St Paul's Cathedral but sadly had to drop out at the last minute. But why? And what has she said about it?

It's no secret that unfortunately Her Majesty has been battling some health and mobility issues over the last year, which is hardly surprising given that she's now 96 years old, and it appears that her full-on celebratory schedule has gotten the better of her on this occasion. It's likely that the Queen's doctors have advised her to scale back on some of her commitments and a statement was released late last night explaining as much.

A spokesperson said yesterday (2 June) that although the Queen thoroughly enjoyed watching the Red Arrows flypast and the parade put on in her honour, that she was physically uncomfortable at some points throughout the day.

Photo credit: PHIL NOBLE - Getty Images
Photo credit: PHIL NOBLE - Getty Images

"The Queen greatly enjoyed Thursday's Birthday Parade and flypast, but did experience some discomfort," the statement reads. "Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in the national service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, Her Majesty with great reluctance has concluded that she will not attend.

"The Queen is looking forward to participating in Thursday night's beacon-lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank all those who made today such a memorable occasion."

It's sad to hear that the Queen wasn't able to join her family today, but it's said that she was still able to watch the service from the comfort of her home on television at Windsor Castle.

The service at St Paul's Cathedral saw an iconic bell-ringing and choir performances, as well as offering up an opportunity to reflect on Her Majesty's impressive 70-year reign.

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