Queen Elizabeth II will be absent from the 22nd Commonwealth Games which will take place from July 28
She will be in Scotland for her traditional summer break and traveling by plane would be too restrictive from the Highlands
It is Prince Charles who will represent her at the opening ceremony
It will still not be this time: Queen Elizabeth II will again be absent from one of the most important events in the kingdom, broadcast on television in front of more than a billion viewers on July 28. Indeed, while she is also at the head of the Commonwealth, the monarch will be represented there by her son Charles, Prince of Wales, at the opening ceremony. William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also expected to compete with their children, according to British daily The Mail.
Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland at the time of the competition
Godmother of the Commonwealth Games, Elizabeth II launched the official relay of the games in October from Buckingham Palace, placing a secret message there which will not be read until the start of the games on July 28 at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Nearly 30,000 guests and a billion viewers will be watching this 22nd edition of the games. According to The Mail, senior officials of the competition would have indicated “that due to her growing fragility the 96-year-old monarch should not attend” Indeed, Elizabeth II should be in Scotland, for her traditional summer break when will start the competition, flying her back to Birmingham from the Highlands seems to be considered too taxing for the Queen, given the circumstances.
However, it will be an opportunity for Prince Charles, the 70-year-old successor to the Queen, to wear the colors of the Windsor family. For the ceremony, Steven Knight, screenwriter and creator of Peaky Blinders, will lead the creative team, which will include a 1,000-person choir, 205 production volunteers and 30 professionals making approximately 3,500 costumes. A grandiose event that Elizabeth II will once again have to follow behind a screen…
Kate Middleton and her son Louis, during the jubilee celebrations © Agency / Bestimage