Queen Elizabeth II, who recently admitted to having difficulty getting around, has given up attending the Maundy Thursday religious ceremony she traditionally attends next week, Buckingham Palace announced on Friday.
The monarch, who will turn 96 at the end of the month, will be represented by Prince Charles, heir to the crown, and his wife Camilla, the palace said.
A tradition since the 12th century
The Queen usually participates in this ceremony every year. According to a tradition that dates back to the 12th century, she distributes coins minted for the occasion to the faithful. It is Prince Charles who will take care of it this year during a mass at Windsor Castle.
The Queen considerably lightened his schedule since a night of hospitalization in October for examinations, the nature of which has never been revealed. She has retreated since the start of the pandemic to Windsor Castle, about 40 miles from London, and recently admitted to having difficulty getting around.
Last release March 29
After canceling several engagements, she took part last week in a religious ceremony in honor of her late husband Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey, London.
Holy Thursday Mass commemorates, according to Christian tradition, Jesus’ last supper with the twelve apostles and is part of the preparations for Easter Sunday, which marks the resurrection of Jesus.