Platinum Jubilee: Queen will not attend St Paul's thanksgiving service tomorrow, Buckingham Palace says

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The Queen will not attend tomorrow's thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace has said.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: "The Queen greatly enjoyed today's birthday parade and flypast but did experience some discomfort.

"Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in tomorrow's 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 tonight's beacon lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank all those who made today such a memorable occasion."

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She is believed to have experienced episodic mobility issues during Thursday's events but will still attend a beacon lighting event tonight, the palace confirmed.

It is understood the decision was considered regrettable but sensible due to the length of the journey and time involved and the physical demands the service would require.

This isn't the first time the Queen, who is 96, has missed an engagement due to health problems.

In May, Prince Charles stepped in for the state opening of Parliament because the Queen was suffering from mobility problems.

She also missed the summer garden parties in May and caught COVID in February.

On the first day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Queen appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, waving to thousands of well-wishers.

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She was joined by the Duke of Kent as they took the salute and appeared again half an hour later with other senior royals for the traditional RAF flypast.

It had previously been announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Duke of York would not appear after stepping back from royal duties.

Harry and Meghan were seen during the Trooping the Colour from the Major General's Office overlooking Horse Guards Parade.

Earlier on Thursday, the palace announced the Queen's son, Prince Andrew, will miss the service on Friday after he tested positive for COVID.

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