The Queen has raised more concerns about her health after confirming that she will be skipping more public events in the coming weeks.
On Friday, Buckingham Palace said the 96-year-old monarch would not attend any of this year’s garden parties.
The Queen has recently struggled with mobility issues forced her to give up some activities. She also admitted to feeling “very tired and exhausted” after undergoing COVID in February.
On April 21, the monarch turned 96, and this year also celebrates its platinum anniversary – the 70th anniversary of his accession to the throne. She is the first British king or queen to reach this milestone.
The Queen was indeed in a good mood when she welcomed Swiss President Ignacio Cassis and his wife Paola Cassis to Windsor Castle last week – her first personal engagement since a private birthday celebration.
In photos from the meeting the Queen shines, and there is no indication of what she used for audiences and social events.
She was last seen in public at Fr. memorial service for her husband, Prince Philipat Westminster Abbey on 29 March.
The palace said the queen would be represented by other family members at three garden parties in the coming weeks.
“Details of the visit will be confirmed in due course,” the statement said.
This year’s events, which also mark the Queen’s platinum anniversary, will take place at Buckingham Palace on May 11, 18 and 25; and at Holyroodhouse – her official residence in Edinburgh – on 29 June.
Her only daughter, Princess Anne, will also hold another party at Buckingham Palace on 12 May for the British Non-Forgotten Association, a charity for returning servants.
This year, garden parties are back on the royal schedule after a two-year absence due to a pandemic. Celebrations have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860s to have the monarch recognize public service, and up to 30,000 people attend each year.
A spokesman for the palace confirmed the monarch’s plans to take part in the state opening of the British Parliament next Tuesday. She is expected to deliver a speech, although her presence will not be confirmed until the actual day.
This year, a variety of events are being held across Britain to mark the Queen’s platinum anniversary, culminating in a four-day weekend celebration from 2 to 5 June. The Queen’s actual visit to many events in her honor is subject to confirmation on this day.
– with agencies