The Queen pulled out of Jubbly events because ‘she would not want to stumble’

My theory about Queen Elizabeth’s absence through much of her Jubbly celebrations is that she was always going to back out of almost everything. As soon as they got her out on the balcony for Trooping the Colour, her aides felt like they had accomplished the impossible and anything else would be “gravy.” Those were the same aides who refused to tell the Queen that she should make use of a wheelchair or walker, likely because of the Queen’s own ableism (and their own). So what we got was a Queen who refused to make any appearances simply because of her mobility issues. That’s the official story too.

“The Queen greatly enjoyed today’s Birthday Parade and Flypast but did experience some discomfort,” a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said on Thursday.

Her own high expectations for herself are a factor in keeping the Queen from taking part, says royal historian Robert Lacey in this week’s issue of PEOPLE: “She would not want to stumble — not for her own sake but for the distress it would cause other people.”

A source told PEOPLE that the Queen’s episodic mobility issues flared during the course of the day on Thursday. She was pictured using her cane on the palace balcony as she took the salute and viewed the flypast alongside members of the royal family.

Kate Middleton gave a health update on the Queen on Friday. During a reception held at Guildhall by the former Lord Mayor, the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, told an attendee that the Queen was “fine” after a long day of Trooping the Colour.

“Yes, she [the Queen] was fine, it was just very tiring yesterday,” Kate said, according to PA, adding that the monarch “had had a lovely, lovely time.”

[From People]

I read this transcribed discussion between Clive Irving and Tom Sykes on the Daily Beast, and they spoke about this too, how the Queen’s absence from almost all of the Jubbly celebrations meant that she was likely in physical agony, given the Brits’ penchant for understatement. I think it was less about the Queen not wanting people to “see her stumble” and more about her just general unwellness, her refusal to use a wheelchair and her refusal to do whatever her courtiers want her to do.

Incidentally, in that Daily Beast piece, Sykes and Irving theorized that now that the Jubbly is over, “abdication, or something very like it, can’t be too far off.”

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  1. A says:

    Slightly off topic but it will never not be funny to me that she’s still ‘Kate Middleton’ even to lackeys

    • goofpuff says:

      Shows exactly what they really think about her.

    • Laura D says:

      She was introduced to the world as Kate Middleton so I can’t see a problem with it (it’s much nicer than “Waity Katie). I think this is something her Comms team should take up with the tabloid press who very rarely (if ever) call her Catherine.

      However, Diana was (and still is) affectionately referred to as Lady Di., so I wouldn’t hold your breath in getting the British public to stop calling her Kate Middleton any time soon.

      PS: Didn’t William recently say they wanted to be known as Wills and Kate?

      • A says:

        Ooooh, I don’t give any sort of a hoot what she’s called anywhere.
        When they got hitched he said he wanted her to be called Catherine. No idea if that changed recently but it sure hasn’t stuck in the ten years prior.

  2. equality says:

    So these royal “experts” haven’t figured out that the Queen isn’t going to abdicate? PC will likely be doing the majority of the official work. If she makes it a couple of more years, she will beat out Louis XIV’s reign of 72 years and 110 days. And, I guess, it’s fine for Kate to provide “updates” on the Queen, but not for her own grandson to talk about her.

  3. Londonlook says:

    The Queen will never abdicate.

    • Traci says:

      Did Queen liz’s father abdicate? I’m not sure that he did and he was very ill wasn’t he? If he did not, I don’t see Liz going that route. Hook or crook, she will not abdicate.

      • Lionel says:

        Her uncle abdicated, then lived in exile in France for several decades, dying in older age. Her father (his brother) became king and subsequently died young, supposedly due to the stress of unexpectedly becoming the monarch. That’s why people speculate that she’ll never abdicate, because of the stress and rupture the first abdication caused her family. Obvi today’s circumstances are quite different: she’s frail and has an heir more than ready to go. But that’s still been the conventional wisdom up to now.

      • DuchessL says:

        I think she will not abdicate. She will have this legacy of devotion for her country until the end, as she promised on her speech when she became queen.

      • susan says:

        Her dad died on the throne (actually in his bed) which is what she has repeatedly said she would do. Her grandfather was put down by his doctors with an overdose of morphine so news of his death would make the evening papers.

        whether she’s having pain or just simply very frail is hard to say. I suspect it’s more the latter, and that even limited activity is very taxing for her.

      • Tessa says:

        The Queen’s father was a very heavy smoker which caused his cancer. Princess Margaret also was a heavy smoker and she passed on at a relatively young age.

  4. C-Shell says:

    Probably why we won’t see photos of the Queen and her Sussex great grandchildren. She was probably exhausted, probably in pain, we know she doesn’t like to be seen as infirm. Are there private photos? There must be. This was the last opportunity to do so.

    Abdication?! THAT would be shocking.

  5. Call Me Mabel says:

    She doesn’t want to literally put a foot wrong. Especially not in front of Kate.

  6. MsIam says:

    I’ve always thought she will announce her “retirement”after the Jubbly. Whether Charles will actually get to put on the crown is another matter. But I think Philip set the role model when he announced his retirement so I think she will do the same. I could see her making the announcement July 1 after Baldemort has his 40th shabang.

  7. Margaret says:

    She looked awful, on the last day of the jubbly. I don’t think she will last 2 more years. With the fk, and ffk rushing her out, anytime now, as they are impatient. Like I said before, charlie had better watch his back. The lamebridges have no intentions of waiting long for their turn. Blowing silly kisses at kate, indeed

  8. Becks1 says:

    Yeah I think if she missed the service of thanksgiving she must have been in a lot of pain, not just “experiencing some discomfort.”

    they must have REALLY wanted a do-over of the balcony photos to have brought her back to BP on Sunday, lol.

    • Amy Bee says:

      She skipped the church service because the entrance to St. Pauls is basically a series of stairs.

  9. Plums says:

    She has very old fashioned ideas about the image she needs to project. This is the same woman who refused to wear a mask in public during the height of covid. It shouldn’t surprise anyone she doesn’t want to be seen using mobility aids.

  10. Amy Bee says:

    If she can’t execute her “duties” she should step aside.

    • Chrissy says:

      I agree. She couldn’t make the Opening of Parliament, one of her most important jobs, just because she didn’t want to be seen in a motorized wheelchair. People would understand about the mobility issues and at her age, no one would begrudge her using one. Is it vanity or not wanting to let go of her role?

  11. Tulip says:

    I am actually glad that The Queen is choosing what she wants to do. She isn’t a child that needs to be told by anyone that works for her. I believe that she is likely in pain often.
    The Jubilee was her grand sendoff in a way. I’m glad that she got to see the response of the people. Too many people today aren’t lauded until they are dead.

  12. Louise177 says:

    I don’t think it’s just getting around but also a lot of sitting and standing that wears her out. In the middle of say an hour event she may have the need to lie down or take a nap. I think that’s what she and staff are worried about.

  13. nina says:

    They couldn’t get her a jazzed up scooter? My grandpa has a pretty nifty one and he enjoys the independence it gives him.

  14. BeanieBean says:

    I don’t think she’s worried about being seen to stumble, she’s worried about the actual stumbling. I watched her walk out to push that button to start the lighting display–and I still can’t believe they made her do that after such a long day–and her feet barely left the ground as she took some very short steps to get where she was going. If she fell on that, red carpet or no, she’s falling onto stone & that’s going to hurt. As in, broken bone pain. Everything they wanted her to attend was held in some extremely old historic venue made of stone & any stumble would have meant landing on stone. So no, she’s safer restricting her movements.

    • Betsy says:

      This is what I think too. She might be ableist, or she just literally might not be steady on her feet or even seated sometimes anymore. Old age can be an absolute beast.

    • kirk says:

      “I don’t think she’s worried about being seen to stumble, she’s worried about the actual stumbling.” Exactly! People who’ve suffered debilitating back pain understand that rehab consists of switching between walking, sitting, lying prone and doing back strengthening exercises. Whenever I sit too long I get swollen ankles and can barely move initially. She’s got 20+ years on me so it’s probly worse for her. Plus she had COVID! The most notorious disease ever at having such a wide range of symptoms (loss of smell, impotence, endless fatigue, nausea, cytokine storm). Fully vaccinated people who got COVID from their classrooms tell me it took a month for them to get back to health. QEII would get the best health care, but even with the best antiviral treatment, there’s only 89% reduction in hospitalization rate. I think of all the old people I know who broke their hips in a fall – invariably they suffered a rapid decline then died.

      If she doesn’t want a scooter or wheelchair, they should fashion a litter bed or hackney chair to carry her. All the idiots who’ve screamed about Harry or Meghan DISRESPECTING THE QUEEN should be immediately drafted as porters to carry her around.

  15. Kkat says:

    I watched the second balcony do over a lot.
    And she was in some kind of chair right before the doors opened. She went from a sitting position to stooping to standing.

    Also watch W, as he was walking through the door he made a shooing action with his hand about 4 times to Kate who was trying to get ahead of him. Then he planted himself.

  16. Kristin says:

    Not really the topic of this article, but I freaking LOVE these pictures of Louis, lol!! Wasn’t the British media recently farting out all of these articles about how Kate and William’s children are the most perfect, well-mannered little angels ever to pop out of a royal vagina? And how Archie was destined to grow up a “spoiled brat”, having been taught no manners by his “woke” parents? Yeah, not so much lol!

  17. Saucy&Sassy says:

    What I find the most interesting is that after H&M met privately with TQ before the IG, TQ suddenly started being seen more. I don’t know what happened there, but I wonder if she decided to do what SHE wanted to do and/or needed to do and no more than that. I certainly think a 96 year old gets tired easily and it appears she has some mobility issues, but I just think she’s doing whatever she wants to do. We’ve seen her smile a lot recently, where before she was serious all of time. It’s funny that she was pretty much never seen (except for zooming) and suddenly she was. I wonder what H&M said to her? Maybe something along the lines of, you’ve done your duty why don’t you just be you and do what you want. I expect that after the Jubilee we’ll see her continuing to do the things she wants to do and smiling while doing it.

    Or, I might be completely wrong.

  18. Julia K says:

    I think that she has fallen in the recent past , fears that she will fall again and is determined not to do it in public. That would be too humiliating for her to accept. At her age, whatever she wants.

    • Lady D says:

      My cat was 18 recently, and that’s been my attitude towards him since. Whatever he wants, whenever he wants it.