THE Queen was forced to miss church yesterday as she rested after her health scare.
The deeply religious sovereign, who rarely fails to attend, had been due at All Saints Chapel in Windsor.
The Queen was forced to miss church after her health scare[/caption]
Her Majesty has had a punishing workload of 120 engagements in 194 days[/caption]
Her no-show came after she spent a night in hospital last week.
Palace insiders said Her Majesty wants to be at her best to greet world leaders at the COP26 summit in Glasgow next Monday.
The 95-year-old has had a punishing workload of 120 official engagements in 194 days since the death of Prince Philip.
She also has a full diary well into next year, including celebrations to mark 70 years on the throne.
Recent duties included welcoming business and investment leaders including Bill Gates to Windsor Castle on Tuesday, ahead of a global summit.
The Queen, who has lately been using a walking stick, went without one and was on her feet for an hour. The next day she had to call off a trip to Northern Ireland and was taken to hospital in London for “preliminary investigations”.
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As well as throwing herself into her work after Philip’s death in April, she has been busy having lunches and dinners with friends and family as she “does not want to dine alone”, The Sunday Times reported.
Yesterday’s cancellation on doctors’ advice was the first time she’s missed prayers at Windsor’s All Saints Chapel in Windsor since she returned from her summer break.
Palace insiders say the Queen wants to save her energy for the COP26 eco-summit in Glasgow which she’ll attend next Monday.
Royal author Angela Levin said: “I am delighted she did not go to church because she is perhaps listening and agreeing to temporarily step back.
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“Going to church on a Sunday sounds just a small event but it is a very big thing for the Queen and for any woman of her age.
“She is very religious and it is very important personally for her to go to church every Sunday.
“But she has to come out of the nice little bubble she has at Windsor Castle, get in and out of cars and up and down in church. It is all exhausting.
“It is very sensible to give it a miss so she can do more in the future.”
It is thought the Queen received private prayers with a chaplain inside the castle.
Her Majesty is unlikely to be seen this week as she is under orders to carry out only light duties. Investitures are expected to be carried out by other royals.
And Prince Charles is to spend more time at Windsor as his mother recuperates.
Going to church on a Sunday sounds just a small event but it is a very big thing for the Queen and for any woman of her age.
Only he and Princess Anne have been busier than the Queen over the last seven months, with 191 and 255 jobs respectively.
Many believed she would slow down after losing her consort and partner. But the Queen has continued to travel around the country — including eight jobs in four days during her annual “Scotland Royal Week” in June.
This month she had 19 engagements in as many days.
According to sources speaking to The Sunday Times, the Queen is understandably said to be “knackered”.
Royal author Penny Junor said: “It is possible the Queen has overdone it in an attempt to let the country know that the institution of monarchy is alive and well, and to counter the negative publicity that has resulted from Megxit and Prince Andrew’s situation.
“While she is the Queen, the people want to see her.
“She has done a fantastic job since we all came out of lockdown and since her husband died she has put on a really amazing show.
“She looks years younger than she really is and is looking radiant.
“And let’s be honest, most people her age would have been retired for 20 years or more.”
The 95-year-old monarch was able to attend church last week[/caption]
The Queen’s diary has been full since the death of Prince Philip[/caption]
She was taken to King Edward VII Hospital for ‘preliminary investigations’ last week[/caption]
Monarch's 'anchor in life' is faith
THE Queen sees church attendance as a cornerstone of her faith, which she has referred to as “the anchor in my life”.
Her Majesty takes very seriously her role as Defender of the Faith and supreme governor of the Church of England.
In her 2014 Christmas message, she called Christ’s teachings her “guiding light”.
The Queen normally worships at All Saints Chapel in the grounds of Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, Berks.
She has missed few important religious services. Only heavy colds and the pandemic have held her back in recent years.
What's in her diary
THE Queen has a packed diary of exhausting events for the coming year including her Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations.
NOVEMBER 1: COP26 UN climate change conference in Glasgow.
NOVEMBER 14: Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph but watches from a balcony.
DECEMBER 20 to MID-FEBRUARY, 2022: Christmas morning church visit to meet public at Sandringham.
APRIL 14: Maundy Thursday church service. Queen distributes special Maundy money to pensioners.
MAY: State Opening of Parliament. Also expected to accept a gift from Parliamentarians, possibly a commemorative lamp-post, to mark 70-year reign.
JUNE 2: Trooping The Colour to mark her birthday. She has missed it only once, in 1955.
JUNE 2-5: Platinum Jubilee weekend, including a Buckingham Palace concert and a service at St Paul’s Cathedral.
JUNE: Meeting of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.
JUNE: Royal Ascot — said to be her favourite event of the entire year.
AUGUST: Hosts garden parties at Buckingham Palace and one at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
SEPTEMBER 3: Braemar Highland games during her summer break at Balmoral.