Queen pulls out of Epsom Derby appearance after ‘discomfort’

Queen Elizabeth II has withdrawn from a second Platinum Jubilee event.

Buckingham Palace announced Friday that the 96-year-old monarch will not attend Saturday’s Epsom Derby amid her health issues.

This will be only the third time over the course of the Queen’s unprecedented 70-year reign that she has missed the horse race in Surrey, England.

Rather than make her way to the ceremony, she will watch the event on television from Windsor Castle, the palace told the BBC.

The Queen previously canceled her scheduled appearance at Friday’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, citing the “discomfort” she felt ela during her Trooping the Color birthday parade Thursday afternoon.

Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Kate Middleton, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the 2022 Trooping the Color parade.
The Queen will not attend Saturday’s Epsom Derby after experiencing “discomfort” during her Platinum Jubilee festivities.
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“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 not to attend,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II wearing a powder blue suit.
The Queen has pulled out of two Platinum Jubilee events thus far.
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The palace said the Queen was still “looking forward to participating” in a beacon lighting ceremony at Windsor Castle.

She did just that Thursday evening, attending with the help of a cane.

Queen Elizabeth II walking in a yellow suit with a cane.
The Platinum Jubilee celebrates the Queen’s 70-year reign.
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While the lady of the hour was not physically present at church Friday morning, royal family members including Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, and Princess Anne were all in attendance.

Together, they recognized the Queen’s position as a spiritual leader and head of the Church of England.


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