'Disappointment' for royal fans as Queen misses out

STORY: The service will be the highlight of the second day of Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee, and attended by senior royals and politicians, but the 96-year-old monarch herself will miss the event due to ongoing mobility issues.

The queen, who has been forced to cancel a series of engagements recently because of "episodic mobility problems," will be absent, reluctantly pulling out late on Thursday (June 2) and slightly taking the sheen off the day's party atmosphere.

Also absent from the service will be the queen's second son, Prince Andrew, 62, who has tested positive for COVID-19, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said on Thursday.

The four days of events kicked off on Thursday, when a beaming Elizabeth waved to crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after a military parade and Royal Air Force flypast, and later led the lighting of the Principal Platinum Jubilee Beacon at her Windsor Castle home.

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