Prince Charles’ ‘last-minute call convinced Queen to appear at Jubilee finale’

Prince Charles reportedly made a 'last-minute call' to the Queen to convince her to attend the final part of the Jubilee celebrations.

The Queen missed out on a number of events over the Jubilee weekend, including the service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral and the Epsom Derby due to ongoing mobility issues, with the monarch reportedly feeling 'discomfort' after her appearance at the Trooping of the Colour on Thursday 2nd June.

But an insider has now revealed that the Queen was also set to miss the grand finale of the Platinum Jubilee, which left her 'tearful and overwhelmed with emotion', but her son, Charles, stepped in at the last minute to convince her otherwise.

Her Majesty's appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to draw in the end of the Platinum Jubilee was considered a high point of the entire occasion, but it nearly didn't happen at all.

According to the source, the Queen only decided to go to London three hours before the appearance, as she was "not feeling brilliant."

They told the Mail on Sunday: "The Queen only decided that she would go to London about three hours before the balcony appearance.

"She was not feeling brilliant but the Prince of Wales had called her and told her she really ought to come if she could.

"He told her there were so many people desperate to see her and he convinced her to come."

The Queen delighted the crowds as she appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace dressed in a vibrant green Stewart Parvin crepe wool dress and coat, with a matching hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan and heading to the palace.

The monarch was reportedly astonished to see the goodwill and support shown, with her having "tears in her eyes" before she even stepped out on the balcony.

The source said: "The Queen was totally overwhelmed by the number of people waiting to see her – she had tears in her eyes before she stepped out on the balcony."

The balcony appearance was carefully choreographed, with the 96-year-old monarch stepping out with the Prince of Wales to her right and the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George to her left – a lasting image to show the next three generations who will succeed her.

Following the event, and inspired by the public's response around the world, the Queen issued an incredibly personal message of thanks.

She said: "While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family."

With the Jubilee now at an end, and health issues continuing to disrupt her public appearances, the source believes the Queen will revert to more virtual appearances.

The source said: "Over time, the Queen will revert to becoming a more virtual Queen with digital appearances and video calls."

But rather than ‘looking back’ on the Jubilee, the source now says that the Queen is ‘looking ahead’ as she enjoys the twilight years of her reign.

It's reported the Queen will now spend a long summer break in Scotland, staying at Craigowan Lodge, a stone cottage on her Balmoral Estate, which has been fitted out with mobility aides including a stairlift.

An insider said: "After everything that’s happened this year and the success of the Jubilee, I can’t think that anyone would begrudge our 96-year-old Sovereign a well-deserved break."

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