Oh no! Queen Elizabeth will no longer be attending an important event on Tuesday, May 10.
“The Queen continues to experience episodic mobility problems, and in consultation with her doctors has reluctantly decided that she will not attend the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow,” a statement from Buckingham Palace read. “At Her Majesty’s request, and with the agreement of the relevant authorities, The Prince of Wales will read The Queen’s speech on Her Majesty’s behalf, with The Duke of Cambridge also in attendance.”
Recently, the matriarch, 96, has been dropping out of shindigs left and right. Case in point: earlier this month, it was announced she wouldn't attend some of the events this summer.
"Her Majesty The Queen will be represented by other members of the Royal Family at this year’s Garden Parties, with details on attendance to be confirmed in due course," a statement read. "The Queen has given permission for the Not Forgotten Association Annual Garden Party to be hosted by the Princess Royal, as the charity’s patron, in the Buckingham Palace Garden on Thursday, May 12."
The monarch also didn't go to Easter services, and it was unclear if she was planning on going to Prince Philip's memorial service, though she later did.
“Mobility is something of an issue now … I’m told by those very close to her that she's in very good spirits, you know — absolutely pin-sharp as ever," Robert Hardman, who has written several books on the monarch, told GB News. “But, but there is a mobility [issue] inevitably when you're coming up to your 96th birthday and also dignity, I think it's terribly important. She is the Queen, she wants to be seen as the Queen, she wants to look the part.”
Going forward, the Queen may take a different tactic when choosing what to attend. "The assumption must now be that the Queen will not be present at events," an insider told The Mail on Sunday. "If Her Majesty does attend, it will be decided on the day and she will be accompanied by another member of the royal family."