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Buckingham Palace reveals Queen Elizabeth will not attend Easter week service

Buckingham Palace announced Friday that Queen Elizabeth is withdrawing from an Easter week event and that Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will attend in her place.

The palace said the 95-year-old monarch would not attend the Royal Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Thursday, until Easter Sunday.

The palace did not specify the reason for the queen’s cancellation. Journalist victoria murphy of Town & Country said it was understood the Queen “was unable to commit to this event in advance and was keen to avoid upstage the event on the day”.

The Queen’s health has been in question in recent months. She was hospitalized in October and tested positive for COVID-19 in February.

Queen Elizabeth II waves during a walk around Windsor on her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016 in Windsor, England.

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Although she has continued to maintain virtual audiences, the Queen has scaled back and sometimes, depending on her health, canceled in-person hearings and events as she hands Charles more responsibility.

Despite her health issues, the Sovereign was able to attend last month’s service of thanksgiving dedicated to her late husband of over 70 years, Prince Philip, marking the Queen’s first public outing in more than five months.

The Duke of Edinburgh died in April 2021 and was given a stripped-down funeral due to the constraints of the coronavirus pandemic. It was unclear until the day of the service of thanksgiving whether the Queen would attend.

Although she eventually appeared, the occasion was ruined by her entering accompanied by her son, Prince Andrew, just weeks after settling a sex abuse lawsuit in New York stemming from her association with the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein .

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