The Queen 'regretfully' pulls out of Easter event after health concerns

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The Queen has 'regretfully' pulled out of an Easter event this weekend following her health issues after a recent battle with Covid.

Her Majesty, 95, was due to attend a service at St George's Chapel in Windsor on April 14, but she will now be represented by Prince Charles and Camilla.

The Queen at the Maundy service
The Queen has 'regretfully' pulled out of an Easter event this weekend following her health issues after a recent battle with Covid. Photo: Getty

It will be the first time Charles will take his mother's place at the Maundy Day church service.

The annual event is an important fixture in the royal calendar and will see Charles follow the tradition of distributing Maundy money to community members on Thursday.

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He and Camilla will meet the Dean of Windsor, The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO and the Lord High Almoner, the Right Reverend Dr. John Inge, and will later pose for an official photo on the West Steps.

It will be the fifth time Her Majesty hasn't attended the Maundy service in her 70-year reign.

The Queen has recently been experiencing mobility issues and will continue holding virtual meetings via video calls.

The Queen at the Royal Maundy Service at St George's Chapel in 2018
The Queen, pictured at the Royal Maundy Service at St George's Chapel in 2018. Photo: Getty
The Queen takes a video call
The Queen is continuing to take meetings via video call. Photo: Getty

The Sun reports that it is believed Her Majesty was unable to commit to the event as the order of service was being printed today and she wanted the arrangements to be confirmed, so it would not be overshadowed.

The Queen has been forced to pull out of several recent engagements following a number of health scares including her recent bout of Covid.

Recently, she missed last month's Commonwealth Day ceremony due to concerns about her 'comfort' with the monarch seen using a walking stick over the last six months.

Earlier this year, she told a visitor at Windsor Castle, "As you can see, I can't move," however, she later received a golf buggy to help her get around and fulfil future engagements.

The Queen was able to walk unaided at the memorial service for her late husband Prince Philip on March 29.

She walked arm-in-arm with her son Prince Andrew, and after reaching the end of the aisle, she confidently walked the remaining steps alone.

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