Aged 96, Queen Elizabeth II was forced to cancel her presence at the mass planned in her honor at St. Paul’s Cathedral this Friday June 3. Stéphane Bern, speaking on Europe 1, explained that the monarch wanted to avoid showing her fatigue to the world’s media.
While the festivities for the platinum jubilee of Elizabeth II are in full swing, the 96-year-old monarch was forced to renounce her presence at the action mass scheduled for this Friday morning, June 3, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Buckingham Palace explained that the Queen “felt some discomfort” after attending the Trooping the Colours ceremony, having to rest out of sight. Invited to share his analysis of the situation on Europe 1, Stéphane Bern explained that the Queen’s health report card “is not a state secret”: “the only thing is that she does not want to show herself in a situation of weakness,” said the journalist passionate about history and royalty.
Stéphane Bern then developed his explanation: “It must be understood that Queen Elizabeth embodies the British nation. She does not want to give the feeling that she is no longer able to exercise her regalian functions. She is the one who signs the laws, she is the one in whose name the judges, the county sheriffs are appointed, she is the one who administers justice in her name… So she cannot bear the idea that she could be seen in a weak position”. The cancellation of her presence at this morning’s mass remains, however, an admission of her worrying state of health… “It appeared yesterday in the balcony that she was quite fragile,” continued the specialist.(…) Basically, they were looking for an explanation to justify that she could not attend for an hour and a half a religious service.”
Fatigue, mobility problems … Elizabeth II has renounced several events
This is not the first time that Elizabeth II has been forced to cancel events due to her state of fatigue. Last May 10, she was supposed to go to the opening of Parliament and present the government bill, but her trip was canceled the day before. “The Queen has been forced to abandon her plans to attend the grand opening of Parliament tomorrow,” tweeted journalist Christopher Ship. The palace said she “continues to experience episodic mobility problems. Following consultation with her doctors, she has reluctantly decided not to attend the opening of Parliament.”
Last March, it was at the Commonwealth ceremony that Elizabeth II had bailed, just after welcoming Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister to the Royal Palace. “The Queen has asked the Prince of Wales to represent Her Majesty at the Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey on Monday,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “We are informed that this is not a new illness, but clearly a mobility problem,” Christopher Ship reassured, referring to the Covid-19 that the monarch had contracted last February.
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