The Queen, 95, pulls out of attending annual Maundy Day church service and will instead be represented by Prince Charles for the first time
The Queen has pulled out of attending the annual Maundy Day church service, Buckingham Palace has announced.
In a first, the monarch, 95, will instead be represented by Prince Charles at the event, due to be held on April 14.
The future King of England will be joined by his wife and soon-to-be Queen’s consort Camilla.
The service has not been held for the past two years due to the Covid pandemic.
The Palace said in a statement: ‘Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will represent Her Majesty The Queen at the Royal Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on Thursday 14th April.
‘The Prince and The Duchess will be met by the Dean of Windsor, The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO and the Lord High Almoner, the Right Reverend Dr. John Inge.
‘Their Royal Highnesses will be presented with nosegays at the start of the service, during which The Prince of Wales will distribute the Maundy money.
‘Following the service, The Prince and The Duchess will proceed to the West Steps where an official photograph will be taken of Their Royal Highnesses and the Royal Maundy party.
‘This visit will be covered by a Royal Rota and a Fixed Point. Please see attached operational note for more details.’
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