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The Queen to miss Remembrance Sunday service


The Queen has missed the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London as she has sprained her back.

The monarch, 95, was “disappointed” not to attend the event, according to Buckingham Palace.

The palace previously stated that the Queen’s “firm intention” was to attend the service, despite the fact that she had taken time away from her duties for health reasons.

She decided to miss the event “with great regret” this morning, according to a statement.

The Prince of Wales laid a wreath on her behalf, as he has done in previous years.

The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and The Princess Royal all made their appearances as planned.

This is a setback. A blow to those gathered here on Whitehall on a grey November morning, a blow to those who had hoped to see the Queen after a fortnight’s rest, and without a doubt a blow to the Queen herself – Remembrance Sunday is when she, who has devoted her life to service, pays tribute to those who served.

As one palace official put it, it’s “incredibly unfortunate timing.” The palace went out of its way to say that the Queen’s “firm intention” was to attend the National Service of Remembrance when it announced that she would cancel her official engagements for two weeks.

It is expected that the Queen will not require hospitalisation. Given her back sprain, it appears that a car ride from Windsor and a period of standing in the cold watching the ceremony were simply out of the question.

She may have been able to bear the pain in previous years. But there’s no getting around the fact that she’s 95. Quieter times, at least for a while, beckon.

The Queen’s back sprain is unrelated to her doctor’s recent advice to rest, news agency PA Media reported.

Doctors had advised the monarch to rest until mid-November after she spent a night in hospital on 20 October for checks – her first overnight hospital stay in eight years.

However, she did undertake some light duties during that time, including meeting ambassadors via video link from Windsor Castle.

She also recorded a video message for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, after pulling out of attending the event in person.

And she missed the Festival of Remembrance at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, which was attended by Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Catherine.

The Remembrance Sunday service would have been her first public appearance since leaving the hospital last month.

“The Queen, having sprained her back, has decided this morning with great regret that she will not be able to attend today’s Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

Her Majesty is disappointed that she will be unable to attend the service.”

The Queen was seen using a walking stick at a Westminster Abbey service recently

The monarch, who was a teenager during WWII, is the head of the armed forces.

During her reign, she has only missed six Cenotaph ceremonies: four when she was on overseas visits and two in 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant with her two youngest children.

The Queen had maintained a typically busy schedule in October before being admitted to hospital, but was recently seen using a walking stick at a Westminster Abbey service, the first time she has done so at a major event.

On Tuesday, she returned to Windsor Castle following a long-planned weekend away at her Sandringham home in Norfolk.

Last week, she was spotted driving her car near Windsor Castle, in an area where she is known to take her Corgi dogs out for walks.

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