The palace stated in a press release late Thursday that the 96-year-old queen was affected by “discomfort” and had determined “with nice reluctance” to not attend the service after the “journey and exercise” of the first day of celebrations to mark her 70 years on the throne.
The queen’s well being had been a priority within the lead-up to the jubilee. She examined constructive for Covid earlier this 12 months and has been affected by what the palace calls “episodic mobility issues.”
She was nonetheless in a position to make two appearances from the famed palace balcony because the nation started 4 days of occasions to hail her lengthy reign.
Harry and Meghan weren’t among the many royals who joined her there to look at the Royal Air Force flypast, with that honor reserved for working members of the household.
But they did be part of different members of the royal household, in addition to political and spiritual officers, on the cathedral in central London on Friday, although neither of their kids have been with them for the occasion.
The nation’s largest church bell, Great Paul, rang at 11 a.m. native time (6 a.m. ET), marking the first time it was rung for a royal event.
The service included prayers, tributes, anthems and Bible readings.
After it was over, Harry and Meghan have been the first to depart the cathedral, chatting briefly on the prime of the steps earlier than strolling down whereas holding arms and smiling. They left in a ready automobile.