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Queen Experienced 'Some Discomfort' While Standing on Balcony with 3 Generations of Family during Parade

Oyin Balogun
Jun 06, 2022
11:30 A.M.
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The recently held Platinum Jubilee celebration of the Queen of England's reign was filled with many memorable events. Sadly, the Monarch was unable to attend some due to health issues. Here are the details of the just concluded celebrations.


On June 2, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II officially kicked off her Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The event scheduled for four days began with Trooping the Colour, an annual military parade, followed by a photo of the Royal Family gathering on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the RAF Flyover.

In the past years, the group on the balcony has been larger in number, consisting of the Monarch's extended family members. For example, in 2019, there were 40 family members present, but in 2022, it was slimmed down to a group of 17 people, comprising three generations of the Queen's family.

Queen Elizabeth II arriving at St Paul's Cathedral for a service of Thanksgiving held in honour of her 80th birthday on June 15, 2006 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images


Unfortunately, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Queen Elizabeth's son, Prince Andrew, were not in attendance due to the fear of their presence creating awkwardness.

According to a report from Daily Mail UK, the Monarch invited only working members of the Royal Family to join her to watch the flypast.

Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour alongside Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, and Prince William during Trooping The Colour on June 02, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images


The 17 working royals present were: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, and Princess Royal and Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.



After the frenzied event that began the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, a statement from Buckingham Palace released at 4:30 p.m. on June 2 revealed that the Queen would not attend a special Thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral in London on June 3 after she experienced some discomfort. The statement read:

"The Queen greatly enjoyed today's Birthday Parade and Flypast but did experience some discomfort."

"Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in tomorrow's National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral, Her Majesty, with great reluctance, has concluded that she will not attend," the statement continued.


Sadly, Queen Elizabeth was not the only Royal Family member who missed the Service of Thanksgiving. Prince Andrew made it known that he would be absent from the service as he tested positive for COVID-19.

On the other hand, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in attendance, making it their first public appearance since the Royal Family members left in 2020.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Royal Albert Hall on January 16, 2019 in London England | Source: Getty Images


Queen Elizabeth will always cherish her Platinum Jubilee celebration, as it marked a significant milestone in her life and brought together members of the Royal Family under one roof. In addition, the Monarch finally met her namesake and great-granddaughter, Lilibet, for the first time.

According to a report from TMZ, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced their daughter to the Monarch during a private Royal Family lunch at Buckingham Palace following Trooping the Colour.


Not only did she get to meet Lilibet, but Queen Elizabeth also reunited with her great-grandson, Archie. Archie's first meeting with his great-grandmother differed from his sister's. The three-year-old boy's first encounter with Queen Elizabeth happened a few days after birth.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex brought Archie to Windsor Castle in 2019, where he met the Monarch and her late husband, Prince Phillip.

After a few years, it is great to see Queen Elizabeth and Archie reunite. Her Majesty was also expected to have another encounter with her great-grandson and Lilibet at the latter's first birthday celebration on June 4, 2022.


It was revealed that attending the occasion would be very convenient for the Queen, as Lilibet and her parents were staying at their UK home, Frogmore Cottage, half a mile away from Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle.

However, it has not been confirmed if the Queen attended Lilibet's birthday celebration, as she was not well enough to attend most of her Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.



On June 5, 2022, Queen Elizabeth made an appearance for the final act of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. She was seen waving to the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in a poignant moment that capped off four days of celebration.

The Monarch was accompanied to the balcony by a few Royal Family members and her three heirs, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George. Queen Elizabeth's appearance lasted for a few minutes, and about an hour and a half later, she released a statement:

"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."


"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," she continued. The Queen further said:

"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."

In the concluding part of her statement, Queen Elizabeth thanked everyone for their good wishes and their roles in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.


Since the festivities ended, Prince Harry and Markle's names have been on the lips of many as the couple was absent from the last fanfare. According to a report, the Duke and Duchess flew back to America one hour before the end of the celebrations.

Prince Harry and Markle were believed to have driven from their UK home to Farnborough Airport and took off at 1:30 p.m., while the Pageant was scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appear together at the Wheelchair Tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. | Source: Getty Images

The reason for their decision is yet to be revealed, as many netizens and outlets hope for a statement from the couple and other members of the Royal Family.


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