Queen Elizabeth will not attend Easter Sunday service in Windsor, royal source says

It comes just days after it was announced she would not be attending Thursday’s annual Maundy Service – the first time in over 50 years.

Other members of the royal family are expected to attend on Sunday.

The Queen, who is the head of the Church of England, has recently reduced some public engagements.

Although she is believed to be in good health, she has mobility issues and is increasingly delegating public appearances to other members of the royal family.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II said Covid-19 left her
In February, Buckingham Palace announced that the 95-year-old monarch had tested positive for coronavirus, suffering from mild symptoms of a cold. But she continued light duties at Windsor.
The Queen revealed last week that the illness had left her “very tired and exhausted”.

In a video appearance on a call with staff and patients at an east London hospital, she told former Covid patient Asef Hussain: “I’m glad you’re improving… It leaves someone very tired and exhausted, doesn’t it? doesn’t it? This horrible pandemic. It’s not a pretty result.

Although the Queen joined the Royal Family and other dignitaries in March for a memorial service for her late husband Prince Philip, she missed Thursday’s annual service, an important pre-Easter appointment in the royal calendar.

It was the first time since 1970 that she could not attend the sacred service; Prince Charles took his place, following the tradition of handing out special coins to stalwarts of the community. The number of recipients relates to each year of the Queen’s life: this year there were 96 men and 96 women.

The Queen’s 96th birthday is April 21. The occasion will be marked by a 41-gun royal salute in Hyde Park, but the biggest festivities will be reserved for his official birthday in June.

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