Fears have been growing that the Queen’s health woes could force her to miss Prince Philip’s memorial later this month.

It comes after Buckingham Palace announced she was not fit enough to attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, March 14.

Philip’s service is due to be held on March 29 at the Abbey, but Her Majesty may not be mobile enough to attend, despite her desire to do so.

According to the Daily Mail, she has ruled out the option of using a wheelchair at this stage and remains determined to continue to walk for as long as possible.

The news announced on Friday (March 11) that she will not attend the Commonwealth Service has raised concerns in the Palace about her engagements later this year.

Plans are said to be drawn up to find a way in which the Queen may comfortably attend her husband’s memorial.

The thanksgiving service has already been cut down to a relatively brief 50 minutes and to save the Queen from the long walk down the aisle to reach her seat, a side door may be deployed – yet even that may prove too much.

Penny Junor, a royal biographer, said: “The Queen is extraordinary. She has gone on with great vigour for years, but we have to remember she is 95 and not superhuman.

“In other respects, she is on great form. The Queen is fantastic on Zoom calls, but I think events where she is required to walk or go up any steps are not going to be feasible anymore.

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“And fortunately we have the technology that means she is not going to disappear from view altogether.”

Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said she believed the Queen would be “determined” to make the Thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey dedicated to her late husband.

She said: “It would have been a huge wrench to miss the Commonwealth Day service but she is facing a dilemma these days where she must choose her engagements wisely.

"She will be very determined to make the Duke of Edinburgh’s Thanksgiving service later this month, which will be of incredible importance to her considering his funeral was so scaled back.

“Her Majesty, I believe, is very like her mother, who was reluctant to use a wheelchair, so in her advancing years it’s about projecting herself as much as possible for the big occasions."

According to reports however, she has been unable to walk her corgis over the last six months and there are fears she may never be able to again.

A source told the Sun: “She is not well enough. The Queen usually turns to her beloved corgis in time of crisis and stress and took them out almost every day after Philip fell ill and then died last year. They are an enormous source of solace, so it is a real shame.”

Regarding her Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer, it seems increasingly unlikely, that she will make many appearances.

A Palace source said: “Unlike previous jubilees, the Queen won't be at every event, but she will be at the significant moments.”

Last month, she acknowledged her frail condition for the first time during a royal engagement at Windsor Castle.

The Queen told visiting military officials: “As you can see, I can’t move," gesturing at her feet before shuffling forward slightly to greet the pair.

A Palace source later said her comments referred to feeling stiff rather than being unwell.

The Daily Star has approached Buckingham Palace for comment.

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