Queen to miss royal garden parties this summer

The Queen will not attend this year's annual garden parties and will be represented by other family members, Buckingham Palace has said.

The Queen, who is 96 and has mobility problems, has cut back on several engagements in recent months.

Every summer, up to three garden parties take place at Buckingham Palace, as well as one at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

This year's events, which also celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, are at Buckingham Palace on 11, 18, and 25 May; and at Holyroodhouse on 29 June.

The monarch has also given permission for The Not Forgotten Association's garden party to be hosted by Princess Anne, the charity's patron, at Buckingham Palace on 12 May.

Other members of the Royal Family will stand in for the Queen when the traditional garden parties return this summer.

More than 30,000 people are usually invited each year to Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

A Palace spokesman said details of which royals would attend would be confirmed later.


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