Discomfort and discomfort: Queen cancels participation in thanksgiving service

Discomfort and discomfort: Queen cancels participation in thanksgiving service

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Queen Elizabeth II has canceled her participation in the thanksgiving service for her throne anniversary

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At the age of 96, even a queen has to economize on her strength. Queen Elizabeth II must pay tribute to her jubilee celebrations so far.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will not be present at the 70th anniversary celebrations on Friday due to “being unwell”. “Given the travel and effort required to attend the thanksgiving service at London’s Saint Paul’s Cathedral, after some hesitation, Her Majesty has decided not to attend,” the palace said on Thursday.

“The Queen was happy about the parade and the air show, but she doesn’t feel very well,” the statement said. Repeated health problems for the 96-year-old monarch in recent months have raised fears she may not be able to attend the four-day anniversary celebrations. Her second eldest son Andrew also canceled his participation due to a corona infection.

Queen Elizabeth on the throne since 1952

But then she had a big appearance on Thursday at the “Trooping the Color” military parade, where tens of thousands of people cheered her on. Elizabeth II ascended the British throne on February 6, 1952. The nationwide celebrations for the 70th anniversary are only taking place now because of the better weather.

Other highlights include a pop concert with 22,000 guests and stars including British band Queen, Alicia Keys and Diana Ross on Saturday, as well as nationwide al fresco feasts and a parade in London on Sunday.


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