The growing mobility problems and the increasingly evident fatigue that afflict Queen Elizabeth II forced her to cancel her attendance at some of the most relevant events of her Platinum Jubilee, held between Thursday and Sunday of last week.
Considering that the sovereign is 96 years old and that these annoyances are not expected to subside, at least not in the short term, it is understandable that the most experienced analysts on issues of the royal family, consulted by the Daily Mail, have predicted that the monarch will also miss the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, scheduled for July 28 in Birmingham.
As the canons command, it will be the Prince of Wales, heir to the throne, who will be in charge of opening the competition on behalf of his royal mother. Charles will be supported, however, by other prominent members of the House of Windsor, such as his sister Anne and his son William, who will perform in the English city with his wife Catherine.
For some years now, Isabel II has been giving more public prominence to her firstborn, and to the one who will succeed him on the throne, in order to initiate the corresponding transition to a new reign. Her delicate physical condition, of course, has intensified this dynamic that has already left several unprecedented moments in her 70 years as head of state, such as when Charles first replaced the Queen at the opening of the British parliament in early May.