THE QUEEN has asked Prince Charles to represent her at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey next week.
Her Majesty will continue with other planned engagements, including in-person Audiences, in the week ahead, the palace has confirmed.
The service on Monday will be attended by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Princess Alexandra.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will no longer attend, following his positive test for Covid.
It's understood the Queen regrets that she is unable to attend, but that her absence is not related to illness.
The Sun understands that discussions addressed issues of comfort for the Queen when travelling and attending the service.
Earlier this month, some of her engagements were cancelled as she continued to suffer with cold-like symptoms from Covid.
Her Majesty has recovered well but a cautious approach is remaining in place for the near future.
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The Prince of Wales told a well-wisher that his mum was “a lot better” during a visit to Southend-on-Sea, Essex, last week.
Charles has continually been stepping up and taking more royal duties to ease the burden on his mother.
It is not known if she will attend the thanksgiving service for the Duke of Edinburgh on March 29.
It comes as it was today revealed that Prince Harry won't return to the UK this month for the special memorial.
The Duke of Sussex, 37, confirmed today that he won't be coming back to Britain for his late grandfather's thanksgiving service.
The Queen's beloved husband Prince Philip passed away on April 9 last year at the age of 99.
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