“Too much standing”: The Queen cancels garden parties

“Too Much Standing”
The Queen is canceling garden parties

The good news: Various garden parties of the British royal family, which were last canceled due to the pandemic, are now taking place again. The bad news: The Queen won’t be attending them. It probably has something to do with her health condition.

Queen Elizabeth II will not attend the four planned garden parties at Buckingham Palace in London (11, 18 and 25 May) and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh (29 June). This was announced by Buckingham Palace. The Queen will be represented by other members of the royal family at the traditional events, which are set to take place regularly for the first time since 2019. Participation details will be confirmed in due course.

No reason was given for the Queen’s absence. But since the 96-year-old has suffered from mobility and health problems in recent months, the cancellation is said to be due to the formats of the parties, according to the British media. “It’s a good decision that the Queen no longer attends garden parties because there would be too much standing, but it’s a shame,” royal expert Angela Levin is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. At the events, the Queen has had to stand and move through the rows for more than an hour to greet people.

After the parties were canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic, royal advisers announced in the morning that they will be back on stage this summer. The events are taking place this time in the year of the Queen’s platinum jubilee and are a tribute to guests for their dedication.

Does she open Parliament?

The Queen, meanwhile, is continuing her duties from Windsor Castle and on Thursday received Anthony Severin, the new High Commissioner for St Lucia, who was staying at Buckingham Palace, in a virtual audience via video link.

The Queen attended a service in memory of her late husband, Prince Philip, at Westminster Abbey in March. She celebrated her platinum anniversary in February, overcame Corona after testing positive that same month and celebrated her 96th birthday privately at Sandringham on April 21. In October last year she spent one night in the hospital and was only allowed to do light work for the following three months on doctor’s orders. So she missed a number of events.

Since last October, the Queen has mostly used a walking stick in public. There is still speculation as to whether she will attend the opening of Parliament next Tuesday, where she could be represented by the Prince of Wales. Prince Charles is the likely candidate to deliver the royal speech outlining government policy and proposed legislation for the new legislature.

Since 2016, the monarch has used the lift at the Sovereign’s Entrance to arrive and leave the Palace of Westminster rather than the stairs. With two exceptions, she always personally opened Parliament during her reign. The exceptions were in 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant in each case. In 2020, the ceremony was not held. Last year, a reduced number of people opened Parliament in the presence of the Queen.