Why is the Queen not attending Friday’s Jubilee celebrations? Everything you need to know

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations for the Queen are officially under way, with a beautiful start on Thursday 2 June with Trooping the Colour.

It has now been revealed that the Queen will not be attending Friday's Jubilee service at St Paul's Cathedral.

The decision was made with "great reluctance" but Her Majesty has made the decision to take a step back amid the four-day Bank Holiday weekend.

But why is the Queen not attending? Here's what you need to know…

Why isn't the Queen attending Friday's Jubilee service?

Friday's Jubilee Service at St Paul's Cathedral will see members of the Firm join together to continue the celebrations.

However the 96 year old monarch shared that she wouldn't be in attendance, after taking part in a beacon lighting ceremony on Thursday evening.

The news was first reported by ITV journalist Chris Ship, who wrote on Twitter: "The Queen has had to pull out of the St Paul’s Cathedral Thanksgiving Service tomorrow.

"She suffered “discomfort” today said the Palace — although she greatly enjoyed it. She will still do the Beacon lighting tonight."

In a statement Buckingham Palace has stated that the Queen made the decision with "great reluctance".

A spokesperson for the palace said: "The Queen greatly enjoyed today’s Birthday Parade and Flypast but did experience some discomfort. Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate…at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty with great reluctance has concluded that she will not attend.

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"The Queen is looking forward to participating in tonight’s Beacon lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank all those who made today such a memorable occasion."

Also absent from the St Paul's Cathedral Thanksgiving Service will be the Archbishop of Canterbury after falling ill with Covid and pneumonia.

Lambeth Palace said he had cancelled all engagements and was "resting at home and avoiding contact with others".

The Archbishop expressed his disappointment in a statement where he said: "I am deeply saddened to be missing the historic celebration of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

"However, I will be praying for The Queen and giving thanks for her extraordinary seventy years of service to us all.

"I will also be praying for our nation at this time of celebration and thanksgiving. May The Queen's example bring us together in unity and care for one another."

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