Queen Elizabeth II Pulls Out Of Royal Maundy Service, Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla To Fill In
Queen Elizabeth II has backed out of the Royal Maundy service set to take place next week.
Buckingham Palace made the announcement on Friday, April 8, noting Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla Parker-Bowels will be attending the event at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, next Thursday in her absence.
According to Express, the monarch traditionally distributes Maundy money to pensioners at the service. Maundy Thursday is a vital date in the Christian calendar commemorating the Last Supper.
The head of England last attended the service in 2019, where she was joined by Princess Eugenie. The event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Meanwhile, concerns were raised for the Queen’s health last October when she spent a night in the hospital undergoing tests and was put on doctors' orders to rest.
The Prince of Whales stepping up to the plate may be impressing the head of the royal family, as a source close to the royals revealed Queen Elizabeth has not been keen on Prince Charles' opinion about whether his disgraced brother Prince Andrew should have attended Prince Philip's memorial after being accused of sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre, who claimed she was forced to have sex with him on three occasions when she was a minor.
"Elizabeth is irritated with Prince Charles for giving his opinion where it’s not wanted," spilled an insider of the tense situation behind close doors after Charles felt his sibling shouldn't have been in attendance at the ceremony honoring their late father.
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In opposition to the Duke of Cornwall, Andrew ended up escorting their mother during the Tuesday, March 29, ceremony from Windsor Castle to Westminster Abbey.
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The farewell event for the Duke of Edinburgh marked the first time the Queen has been to a public event outside of a royal residence since October 2021, before she was hit with an onslaught of health problems.
The long-reigning monarch has been dealing with multiple complications over recent months, including an overnight hospitalization, a sprained back and a stint with COVID-19.
Her majesty's never-ending health problems almost kept her from making an appearance at her husband's memorial, as she has been "frail" and "largely confined" to using a wheelchair.