Queen WITHDRAWS Easter Sunday church service after revealing ‘exhaustion’
The Queen will not attend Easter Sunday church service this year, shortly after revealing she was suffering from exhaustion due to coronavirus
The Queen is not supposed to attend the Easter Sunday church service at Windsor Castle this weekend, HELLO! understand. The monarch, who turns 96 next week, traditionally makes a flawless appearance, but this year royal watchers shouldn’t expect to see her in attendance.
Other members of the royal family will take part in the service although this will not be confirmed until later in the day.
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The Easter Sunday church service is an important appointment in the royal family’s calendar and Her Majesty will no doubt be disappointed not to be able to attend.
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She has had mobility issues and it is understood that her public appearances are decided on a case-by-case basis. She also recently opened up about her experience with COVID-19, revealing it left her “very tired and exhausted”.
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Last week, while virtually attending the official opening of a new hospital unit named in her honour, the Queen spoke to NHS workers and patients in the Queen Elizabeth unit at the Royal London Hospital , which was built in just five weeks in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Queen at the 2019 Easter Service
The monarch heard Asef Hussain and his wife Shamina explain how he continues to recover from the virus which sadly killed his father and brother and until recently left him in a wheelchair.
The Queen asked him, “Are you better now? I’m glad you’re better. It leaves someone very tired and exhausted, doesn’t it, this awful pandemic.” She added, “In your day, that was the wrong version, wasn’t it?”
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The Sunday service is not the only Easter engagement Her Majesty has withdrawn from. She also asked her son Prince Charles and daughter-in-law the Duchess of Cornwall to represent her at the Royal Maundy service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The Queen is generally responsible for distributing Maundy money to those who have made a significant contribution to their community. This ancient duty fell to Prince Charles in this year’s service.
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