Queen Elizabeth pulls out of Easter service ‘with regret’

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This will be the first time Prince Charles has taken on the role of his mother at the Holy Day service

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Queen Elizabeth is withdrawing “with regret” from an Easter church service.

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The 95-year-old monarch is no longer attending a service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Thursday and the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall will be the official representation.

It will be the first time that Prince Charles – her 73-year-old son and heir to the throne – will take on the role of his mother at the holy day church service.

The service will see Charles continue the tradition of giving Maundy money to prominent figures in the community on the Thursday before Easter.

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He and his wife Camilla will meet the Dean of Windsor, the Very Reverend David Conner KCVO and the Lord High Almoner, the Very Reverend Dr John Inge at the ceremony. They are expected to pose for photos after the service.

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The Queen – who celebrates 70 years on the throne this year with her Platinum Jubilee – has held a number of events in recent times, such as the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey last month and the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in November. .

However, she was able to attend the memorial service for her late husband Prince Philip – who died in March 2021, aged 99 – at Westminster Abbey with the help of a cane.

In February, Queen Elizabeth was forced to cancel a number of virtual engagements after testing positive for COVID-19, despite only experiencing “cold symptoms”.

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