The Queen, 95, pulls out of attending annual Maundy Day church service and will instead be represented by Prince Charles for the first time
- Buckingham Palace announced The Queen will not attend Maundy Day service
- The 95-year-old monarch will be represented at April 14 event by Prince Charles
- Service has not been held for the past two years due to the Covid pandemic
The Queen has pulled out of the annual Maundy Day church service, Buckingham Palace has announced.
In a first for her reign, the monarch, 95, will instead be represented by Prince Charles at the event, due to be held on April 14.
The future King of England will be joined by his wife and soon-to-be Queen’s consort Camilla.
The service has not been held for the past two years due to the Covid pandemic.
It comes after the Queen, who suffers from widely-publicised mobility issues, pulled out of the Commonwealth Service last month amid concerns over her health.
Her decision not to attend the service was understood to be related to concerns over her comfort getting to and from Westminster, ITV Royal Editor Chris Ship reported.
The head of state, who now uses walking stick and a wheelchair, has been conducting some of her business over zoom from Windsor Castle in recent months.
Next week’s event is a traditional Church of England ceremony held on Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday, and celebrates everyday citizens who have contributed to their local church or community.
In a first for her reign, the monarch, 95, will instead be represented by Prince Charles at the event, due to be held on April 14. (Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Eugenie of York hold nosegays as they attend the traditional Royal Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel on April 18, 2019)
The head of state, who now uses walking stick and a wheelchair, has been conducting business over zoom (pictured) from Windsor Castle in recent months.
They are handed ceremonial silver coins, known as ‘Maundy Money’, to thank them for their service.
The Palace said in a statement: ‘Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will represent Her Majesty The Queen at the Royal Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on Thursday 14th April.
‘The Prince and The Duchess will be met by the Dean of Windsor, The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO and the Lord High Almoner, the Right Reverend Dr. John Inge.
‘Their Royal Highnesses will be presented with nosegays at the start of the service, during which The Prince of Wales will distribute the Maundy money.
‘Following the service, The Prince and The Duchess will proceed to the West Steps where an official photograph will be taken of Their Royal Highnesses and the Royal Maundy party.’
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