Queen to miss Easter Sunday service in Windsor

The service, which is a staple in the royal calendar, is being missed by the monarch who is experiencing mobility issues

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Members of the royal family are due to attend the Easter Sunday service in Windsor, but the Queen is not expected to join them for the church event.

The service is a staple in the royal calendar but the monarch, who has been experiencing mobility issues, will not be joining other family members at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who represented the Queen at Thursday’s Royal Maundy service at the same chapel, are also understood not to be attending the Easter Sunday service.

Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen was present at a recent service at Westminster Abbey commemorating the life of the Duke of Edinburgh with senior royals and a congregation of hundreds, and has been carrying out virtual events and her other duties as head of state.

The 95-year-old, who turns 96 on Thursday, reached her Platinum Jubilee in February and overcame a bout of Covid after testing positive that month.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth smiles as she arrives to view a display of artefacts from British craftwork company, Halcyon Days to commemorate the company's 70th anniversary in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth smiles as she arrives to view a display of artefacts from British craftwork company, Halcyon Days to commemorate the company's 70th anniversary in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.

After spending a night in hospital last October she spent the following three months under doctors’ orders to only conduct light duties and missed a number of prominent events.

The Queen had a visit from her grandson the Duke of Sussex and his wife the Duchess of Sussex in Windsor on Thursday.

Harry and Meghan had flown from their home in the US and stopped off in England before heading to The Hague in the Netherlands for the Invictus Games.

While in Windsor, the couple also met with the Prince of Wales.

Harry and Meghan’s attendance at a reception at the games on Friday marked their first public appearance together in Europe since quitting as senior working royals more than two years ago.

Harry founded the Invictus Games to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel and veterans from across the globe, by giving them the challenge of competing in sporting events similar to the Paralympics.