Queen Elizabeth will miss the traditional royal garden party season

LONDON (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II he will miss the traditional party season in the royal garden, where he normally met with hundreds of people on the grounds of his London and Edinburgh residences, palace officials said Thursday.

The 96-year-old monarch will instead be represented by other members of her family, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

Before the pandemic, the Queen invited over 30,000 people each year to the gardens of Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Guests, who have all served their community in different ways, have the opportunity to speak with the Queen and other members of the royal family at parties.

The parties would return for the first time in three years starting next week.

The monarch missed several major events this year and instead engaged in online engagements. He spent a night in the hospital in October and did only light tasks for several months on the orders of his doctors.

He celebrated his Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – in February. Large-scale festivities to mark this milestone, including concerts and historical reenactments, will take place at the end of this month and in June.