Queen pulls out of Commonwealth Games: Prince Charles is expected to replace monarch next month

Queen’s Commonwealth Games blow: Monarch ‘is forced to pull out of opening ceremony’ in latest health set-back after missing host of Jubilee events – with Prince Charles set to replace her in Birmingham next month and Kate and Williams lined up to appear

The Queen, 96, will miss this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham due to her increasing frailtyThe Prince of Wales is set to stand in for his mother at the opening ceremony next month The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are likely to attend on several days, possibly along with their children The Queen is patron of Commonwealth Games Federation and missed only a handful of events over 70 yearsBut in recent months she has had to cancel a string of engagements due to ‘episodic mobility problems’

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The Queen will miss this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, with Prince Charles being lined up to represent her.

Senior figures around the sporting competition have told the Daily Mail that due to her increasing frailty the 96-year-old monarch, who is also Head of the Commonwealth, is not expected to attend.

The Prince of Wales is set to stand in for his mother at the opening ceremony next month, with an extensive turnout from other members of the Royal Family given that the competition is on home ground.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are likely to attend on several days, possibly along with their children.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne will also be high-profile attendees. The Queen is patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation and has missed only a handful of events over the last seven decades, while Prince Edward is vice patron. 

Her Majesty did launch the Commonwealth Games baton relay at Buckingham Palace in October, placing a secret message inside it that won’t be read out until the Games are underway.   

But in recent months she has had to cancel a string of engagements due to what Buckingham Palace describes as ‘episodic mobility problems’.

The Queen will miss this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, with Prince Charles being lined up to represent her

The Queen and the Earl of Wessex with Dame Louise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, at the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022 in October 2021

Queen Elizabeth II arrives to symbolically lead the lighting of the principal Jubilee beacon at Windsor Castle on Thursday June 2

Her Majesty gets the ribbon entangled in the hair of Debbie Brill of Canada, as she presents her with the gold medal for the High Jump at Meadowbank Stadium, during the British Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1970

The Queen stands beside her son Prince Charles as she waves at adoring crowds on The Mall, June 5, 2022

The Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George watch from the balcony of Buckingham Place after the Trooping the Color ceremony in London on June 2

Queen missed Jubilee events due to ‘episodic mobility problems’ but was ‘determined’ to appear on Palace balcony

The Queen was absent for much of the extended Bank Holiday weekend, after finding the first day enjoyable but tiring, and in a message of thanks acknowledged this but said her ‘heart’ had been with well-wishers.

Buckingham Palace had said in advance of the celebrations that Her Majesty had been experiencing mobility issues in recent months and she would be considering which events she felt she could attend.

The 96-year-old monarch had pulled out of Friday’s Jubilee thanksgiving service at St Paul’s following ‘discomfort’ during the preceding day’s celebrations, which included a flypast and a double balcony appearance.

The Duchess of Cambridge had spoken to an attendee at a reception after the service, revealing that the Queen was ‘fine’ but found Thursday ‘very tiring’.

The monarch then pulled out of the Epsom Derby on Saturday – the second event of the weekend she had missed – and instead watched it on the television from Windsor Castle.

But she then appeared in a surprise short film, introducing the Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday, hosting a tea party for Paddington Bear, who comically tried but failed to serve her tea without making a mess.

And on a triumphant final day of celebration on Sunday, the Queen was said to have been ‘determined’ to overcome her painful mobility issues as she returned to Buckingham Palace to personally thank the thousands of well-wishers in the crowd who had turned out to express their own gratitude during her Jubilee.

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When the 22nd Games launch on July 28 the Queen will be in Scotland on her summer break, meaning she would have to travel to Birmingham from the Highlands. It is likely this would be considered too taxing for her at the moment.

Charles, 73, will also attend the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting in Rwanda this month on behalf of his mother.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment. Sources said the engagement was ‘still in the Queen’s diary’, adding: ‘Decisions on events are taken closer to the time.’

The Alexander Stadium ceremony is expected to be watched by 1billion people worldwide.

The Queen was said to have been ‘determined’ to overcome her painful mobility issues as she returned to Buckingham Palace to personally thank the thousands of well-wishers in the crowd who had turned out to express their own gratitude during her Jubilee. 

She was flanked by her three heirs – son, Prince Charles, grandson, Prince William, and great-grandson, Prince George – offering a glimpse into the monarchy’s future.

Sunday’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant was an afternoon of entertainment for members of the royal family, who all sat together alongside their siblings and cousins.

The parade told the story of her life, and the nation, with an eccentric, fun and imaginative carnival-like display.

The 96-year-old monarch was absent for much of the extended Bank Holiday weekend, after finding the first day enjoyable but tiring, and in a message of thanks acknowledged this but said her ‘heart’ had been with well-wishers.

Surrounded by her family, including Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, George, Charlotte and Louis, she was cheered by thousands of well-wishers after stepping on to the balcony following the Platinum Pageant, which told the story of her life, and the nation, with an eccentric, fun and imaginative carnival-like display.

Smiling as she acknowledged the spectators, she looked down on The Mall where tens of thousands had waited in hope of seeing her.

The Queen said later in her message: ‘When it comes to how to mark seventy years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee. 

 

Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant from the balcony at Buckingham Palace in London

People set up the tables for the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk in Windsor on June 5, 2022

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge on the balcony during the Platinum Pageant

‘While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.

‘I have been inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship that has been so evident in recent days, and I hope this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.

‘I thank you most sincerely for your good wishes and for the part you have all played in these happy celebrations.’

This was not her only surprises with her Paddington appearance seen as a much welcome appearance by the Queen.

A palace aide told the Sun: ‘As you saw she likes to spring a few surprises.’

After the outpouring of public affection during her balcony appearance, the Queen said she was ‘humbled and deeply touched’ so many people had taken part in marking her 70-year reign.

The Queen delighted millions of viewers by appearing in a surprise comic sketch with Paddington Bear to kick-start the Jubilee concert. Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear having cream tea and a marmalade at Buckingham Palace

The crowd watch Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, at the end of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant

The Queen and Prince George shared a lovely moment on the Buckingham Palace balcony in her surprise appearance 

Crowds are seen on The Mall with the Queen shown on a screen during the singing of the National Anthem, June 5, 2022

The Queen looked at ease on the balcony as the celebrations drew to a close, leaning on a walking stick, now a routine aid following her mobility issues, and acknowledging the crowds with a wave. 

The Prince of Wales stood with the Queen along with the Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. 

After the national anthem was sung by a choir of celebrities including Sir David Jason, Harry Redknapp, Sir Cliff Richard, Sandie Shaw and Felicity Kendal, the Queen waved again at well-wishers and was joined by her great-grandchildren, with Louis waving with both hands. 

The royal family had planned to see a display by the Red Arrows from their balcony vantage point, but it was called off due to the low clouds which had threatened rain all day. 

Earlier in the day Charles had expressed the same sentiment as the Queen when he spoke about the camaraderie the Jubilee events had fostered. 

He told revellers at The Big Lunch’s flagship event in London, which he attended with Camilla, that he hoped ‘bickering’ did not return after the feeling of ‘togetherness’ across the nation.

Princess Eugenie described the Jubilee Pageant as ‘incredible’, writing on her Instagram: ‘The Platinum Jubilee Pageant was just incredible. To all the people that took part, organised it, made it flawless for us all watching, Thank you. You made us all so proud.’

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