The Queen can now walk out of Prince Philip’s memorial: Fears grow that Her Majesty, 95, is not fit enough to attend the Thanksgiving ceremony at Westminster Abbey this month following her ‘regrettable’ decision to skip Monday’s Commonwealth service Huh.
- Queen still hopes to attend Prince Philip’s service, but may not be well enough
- She has ruled out the option of using a wheelchair at this stage and wants to walk
- The Queen walked around without a stick at Windsor Castle last week
Fears were rising in court last night that the Queen may be forced to withdraw from the Thanksgiving service for Prince Philip at the end of the month.
Buckingham Palace has announced that she is not fit enough to attend tomorrow’s Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey.
While the Queen ‘still’ hopes to attend Philippe’s service, which will be held at the abbey on March 29, she may not be mobile enough to do so.
On Sunday the Mail understands that she has ruled out the option of using a wheelchair at this stage and is determined to continue walking for as long as possible.
The Queen, who turned 96 next month and recently recovered from Covid, was walking around Windsor Castle last week without a stick and was not suffering from a new disease. Still, his mobility issues are at the center of a ‘regrettable’ decision taken late Friday to withdraw from the annual Commonwealth service, which is usually a highlight on his calendar.
Instead, he will be represented in service by the Prince of Wales. The Queen will deliver a message to the Commonwealth and watch the service on television from Windsor Castle.
While the Queen ‘still’ hopes to attend Philippe’s service, which will be held at the abbey on March 29, she may not be mobile enough to do so. Pictured: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Windsor Castle in Windsor on March 7
But the news has raised concerns in the corridors of the Palace regarding the engagements to be held later this year.
Elaborate plans are being configured to find a way in which the Queen can comfortably attend service to Britain’s longest-serving Philip and beloved husband, whom she once described as ‘my strength and living’. was referred to as. His funeral was held at Windsor Castle last April when pandemic rules allowed only 30 people to attend.
It was hoped that this year’s Thanksgiving Service would provide an opportunity for more friends and dignitaries to mark their lifetime of duty.
Thanksgiving service has already been cut to a relatively brief 50 minutes and a side door may be deployed, saving the Queen from hiking the aisle to reach her seat. Yet it may prove to be too much.
Royal biographer Penny Junor said: ‘The Queen is extraordinary. She has walked with great vigor over the years but we have to remember that she is 95 years old and not superhuman.
‘In other respects, he is in excellent form. Queens are fantastic on Zoom calls, but I find that events that require them to walk or move at all are no longer possible. And luckily we have technology that means it’s not going to disappear completely.’
Elaborate plans are being configured to find the Queen can comfortably attend service for Britain’s longest-serving wife Philip and beloved husband, whom she once described as ‘my strength and living’. was referred to as.
Last month, receiving incoming and outgoing Defense Service secretaries, the Queen quipped: ‘Here I am. Good morning. Well, as you can see, I can’t move.’
He pointed at his feet before moving a little further to greet the pair. A Palace source later said her comments referred to feeling rude rather than being unwell.
The Queen has not attended any formal public events since 19 October.
Yet she has made several video calls and met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Windsor Castle last Monday.
Although she will make several appearances during this summer’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, it seems unlikely.
A Palace source said: ‘Unlike on previous jubilee, the Queen will not be at every event, but she will be at crucial moments.’