Queen Elizabeth Shock: Is The British Monarch's Attendance To Platinum Jubilee Certain? What Will Happen If Prince Charles' Mother Is Absent?

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Queen Elizabeth will be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee next month. However, there are concerns that she might not make it to the event due to her mobility issues and because she reportedly doesn't want to be photographed in a wheelchair. Royal expert David Dimbleby weighed in on the situation, and here's what he said.

Queen Elizabeth Will Likely Be Present At Her Own Celebration

Dimbleby spoke with Radio Times about whether the Queen will make it to the celebration of her 70 years on the throne. The royal expert believed that it would be more likely that the British monarch would be present as the event is for her.

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"I’m an optimist and I’m sure she will be there," Dimbleby was quoted by Express as saying. "Last week she opened the Elizabeth Line and went to the Windsor Horse Show, looking fighting fit."

Royal fans were worried about the Queen's attendance at the event after she pulled out from several engagements in the past month. Her Majesty decided to skip the Commonwealth Service in March.

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She also decided to cancel her attendance at the State Opening of Parliament earlier this month. The 96-year-old monarch's absence raised some eyebrows because it was the first time she had skipped the annual event after almost 60 years.

In case the Queen missed her own Platinum Jubilee celebration, Dimbleby believed the event would go on with the heir apparent taking over his mother's place.

"If for any reason she isn’t, I assume Prince Charles will step into her place and the service will go on exactly as it’s arranged, just with her absent, which would be sad," he continued.

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Jubilee Platinum Celebration Is Very Important To Queen Elizabeth

Royal fans are eager to see the Queen at her Platinum Jubilee celebration. There are reports claiming that the Queen was too proud to be photographed in a wheelchair. However, royal fans don't mind as long as they can see the Queen on the balcony on that very day.

"[I’d] rather see Her Majesty in a wheelchair than not at all," one respondent in a poll started by Express wrote.

"[It] would be weird if the Queen wasn't on the balcony to celebrate her Platinum. Use a wheelchair, Ma’am," another added.

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Dimbleby believed that the upcoming event would be emotional given the Queen's advancing years. He also said that if the celebration is important to the royal fans, the Queen definitely feels the same.

"It’s a very significant moment and the future is uncertain territory. She is a very religious woman and I’m sure the service will be, for her, a very significant event," he explained.

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"I think, in a strange way, it matters to her as much as it matters to the British public as a whole, because it marks 70 years of what she dedicated herself to, the promise she made to serve."

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration takes place from June 2 to June 5.

Stay tuned for more news and updates about the royal family.

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