The Queen is facing a fresh personal blow ahead of her Jubilee as she’s set to miss out on an event that’s very close to her heart.
- The Queen has reportedly pulled out of attending the Epsom Derby, one of her favourite scheduled events after ongoing health concerns.
- It’s reported that Princess Anne will take her place as the Firm (opens in new tab) continues to rally around the Queen, with Her Majesty hoping to pace herself throughout the Jubilee celebrations.
- This royal news (opens in new tab) comes after Kate Middleton seemingly made a nostalgic nod to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ahead of their UK return (opens in new tab).
The Epsom Derby is an event very close to the Queen’s heart as it encompasses a number of her most loved hobbies, including horse riding and racing. The race would have been a highlight of the long bank holiday weekend (opens in new tab)’s festivities for the Queen but sadly she is expected to miss the event entirely.
This comes after Her Majesty attended the Chelsea Flower Show in a buggy (opens in new tab) for her comfort and ease of travel.
The Derby, which is scheduled for June 4th, is one of the Queen’s all-time favourite events, with reports that she was to receive a special guard of honour from 40 past and present Jockeys.
According to Hello! (opens in new tab) Princess Anne will now likely attend in her place and while this will be disappointing news for the Queen, Buckingham Palace is still yet to make a final verdict on her attendance. They are said to be waiting until closer to the date to decide if she is well enough to go.
Unfortunately, this is not the only event she has had to skip ahead of her Jubilee celebrations, as it was announced that the Queen will miss ALL Buckingham Palace’s scheduled garden parties. (opens in new tab) It is also likely that she will now skip the special Jubilee Trooping of the Colurr (opens in new tab), which will mark the first time she has missed the special honour in nearly 70 years.
There are still a number of events her Majesty will still have to look forward to, however, including a special Jubilee concert (opens in new tab) and a balcony appearance for the Jubilee carnival.
She will also be meeting her granddaughter Lilibet for the first time, as Harry and Meghan have confirmed that they are returning to the UK for the historic event.