Once again, Elizabeth II will be absent from several major events. Exhausted after contracting the coronavirus and physically weakened, Her Majesty has missed many ceremonies in recent weeks. If she wanted to be present at the tribute to her late husband, Prince Philip, the 96-year-old queen prefers to reduce her appearances to the strict minimum. This year, she will not attend the traditional garden parties in May and June. An event on the royal calendar, these receptions are held in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, London, and one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. “Her Majesty The Queen will be represented by other members of the Royal Family at this year’s garden parties,” a spokesperson said, adding that further details would be provided “in due course.”
Across the Channel, this new absence makes us fear the worst. But in the entourage of Elizabeth II, we are rather reassuring. According to those close to Her Majesty, these appearances are fewer to avoid tiring her unnecessarily as she approaches her platinum jubilee, which will take place at the beginning of next June. A few days ago, moreover, she appeared radiant during the visit of the Swiss president. On this occasion, Elizabeth II wore a blue dress, black shoes and three pearl necklaces. A very reassuring shot since the sovereign appeared with a big smile on her face. “It was a great honor to meet Her Majesty the Queen of England, wrote Ignazio Cassis. The sign of a friendship between our countries which symbolizes the links between Switzerland and the United Kingdom. My best wishes for the Platinum Jubilee Year!”
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But aged 96, exhausted and weakened, the Queen has been forced to scale back her plans for her platinum jubilee and is expected to limit her appearances to “just a few” events, as a Crown expert has assured. “It will be very difficult and I think she will only show herself at a few events, perhaps in the service of St Paul’s, explained Angela Levin. It will be very important for her because she is a Christian.” Despite Her Majesty’s declining health, those around her hope that she will be able to appear in public to celebrate her 70 years of reign. “I imagine that the members of his entourage are afraid that if the public does not see it, people will not come, continued Angela Levin. I am sure that everyone at the Palace hopes that people will show up to show their respect. and say thank you for his extraordinary reign.”
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