Garden parties in May without Queen Elizabeth

The British monarch continues to withdraw from the public eye. At celebrations in May, she is represented by other members of the royal family. Will she perform at her jubilee?

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  • The list of cancellations is getting longer and longer: a few weeks before the big celebrations for her throne anniversary, the Queen skips the annual garden parties at Buckingham Palace.

The palace said Thursday Queen Elizabeth II would be represented by other members of the royal family at the celebrations in May. In the past two years, the traditional parties had been canceled due to the pandemic.

The mobility of the now 96-year-old has been significantly restricted since last autumn, so that she rarely keeps appointments outside of Windsor Castle. It is eagerly awaited how many times she will appear on the throne during the four-day celebrations of her 70th anniversary. Observers expect that at least on the day of the “Trooping the Color” parade she will appear on the balcony with her family and attend the service at St. Paul’s Cathedral. For other events, however, this is considered unsafe.

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