After the appearance of Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Thursday, the English are deprived of the queen this Friday. The monarch would not have the capacity to ensure her appearance in Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London, for the traditional mass. An absence that the English have for the most part accepted, and that, with kindness.
This time, Elizabeth II will not honor all her commitments for her platinum jubilee. The monarch celebrates 70 years of reign at the head of the United Kingdom. This Thursday, she greeted the crowd on the balcony of Buckingham Palace twice. This Friday is the traditional mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, but no chance for the English to see their 96-year-old queen.
Elizabeth II will not go, announced Buckingham Palace, which specifies that she would have felt “a certain discomfort” the day before during her public appearance. In addition, she has been facing health concerns for some time, known to the British people.
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If her absence from the cathedral will certainly be noticed, Elizabeth II can count on the support of her people. The English met by Europe 1 showed kindness and understanding for the second day of its jubilee. “Saint Paul’s Cathedral is very difficult to access,” said one of them. “I know we would have adapted things for her, but I understand her. She’s a remarkable woman, but she’s 96.” An Englishwoman is also indulgent: “She is still 96 years old. Yesterday (Thursday), it was a big day for her. And she surely made this decision for very good reasons.”
The British will however be able to console themselves with Meghan and Harry, expected at Saint Paul’s Cathedral. The couple and their two children Archie and Lilibet returned from the United States especially for the jubilee.