Duchess of Cambridge, Royals line up for the Queen on Remembrance Sunday

STANDING HIGH: The annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony in London, which usually sees members of the royal family spectators on the balconies of Whitehall, near Downing Street, was not the same this year when the most famous participant, Queen Elizabeth, was missing.

The Queen withdrew from the event on Sunday morning due to a sprained back, according to Buckingham Palace, although she has been battling ill health for the past few weeks.

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Last month, she was pictured walking with a cane while attending a service at Westminster Abbey for the Royal British Legion, a charity for the armed forces. Shortly afterwards, the 95-year-old monarch spent a night in the hospital undergoing tests and had been advised by his doctors to rest at home and stick to desk-bound duties.

As recently as Thursday, the palace confirmed her participation in Sunday’s event, which takes place at The Cenotaph, a war memorial at Whitehall. But it should not be.

The palace said: “The Queen, having sprained her back, has this morning with great regret decided that she will not be able to attend today’s memorial Sunday service at the Cenotaphen. Her Majesty is disappointed that she will be missed of the service. “

The Queen has withdrawn from a number of appearances, including at COP26, which ended this weekend in Glasgow, Scotland, and has also canceled a number of events in the coming weeks.

Remembrance Sunday takes place in the UK the second weekend in November, and sees the royal family, veterans and thousands of members of the public honor the armed forces and civilians who died in World War I, World War II and in conflicts during the 20th and 21st centuries. .

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, stood for the Queen; Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Duchess of Cambridge, who was wearing a tailor-made Alexander McQueen coat dress and a hat from Lock & Co.

The Queen has missed the Cenotaph service before due to overseas trips and before the birth of her two younger children, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Last year’s Remembrance Day ceremony was a low-key – and socially distant – affair due to COVID-19, where Queen Elizabeth was seen wearing a mask for the first time in public and only a handful of royals gathered at the Cenotaph War Memorial.

The event took place during the second (of three) national lockdowns and was closed to the public.

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