Royal expert gives Queen health update ahead of Platinum Jubilee
Robert Jobson hopes to see the Queen at many of the Platinum Jubilee events
A royal expert has given an update on the health of the Queen ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Queen Elizabeth II is no longer planning to attend the Cazoo Derby at Epsom during her Platinum Jubilee weekend.
This has raised concerns about her majesty missing the whole of the Platinum Jubilee, as she struggles with mobility issues.
But royal expert Robert Jobson told Stephen and Rosie he is hopeful we will see plenty of the Queen, despite Buckingham Palace trying to damped down expectations.
He told GB News: "Most people think she will be celebrating by getting out of bed."
He added: "These decisions will be made really close to the event. We'll see her I'm sure at the Trooping [of the Colour].
"Hopefully we will see her at Westminster at the religious ceremony for Thanksgiving.
"I hope we'll see a bit more of her than the Palace is sort of suggesting we will do.
"We will certainly see other members of the Royal Family led by the Prince of Wales and Camilla, and William and Kate."
The 96-year-old monarch is said to want to pace herself during her milestone celebrations, with her daughter the Princess Royal representing her at the racecourse instead, The Sunday Times reported.
The Derby on Saturday June 4 was to be a personal highlight for the Queen during the four days of Jubilee festivities. Hopes had been high the Queen would have a runner in the Derby, but her classy colt Reach For The Moon was not ready in time after a setback.
He is, however, expected to have a leading chance at Royal Ascot.
The head of state, a passionate horse owner and breeder, was due to be greeted on the course with a special guard of honour including up to 40 of her past and present jockeys.
But the newspaper revealed the monarch is now “increasingly unlikely” to head to Epsom.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment, saying the Queen’s attendance at events would not be confirmed until closer to the time.
The nation’s longest reigning monarch, who is on a pre-Jubilee break resting in Balmoral, Scotland, has been facing episodic mobility problems in recent months.
This led her to miss a number of major events this year, including the State Opening of Parliament.