Buckingham Palace said that the Queen has sprained her back and will not attend the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London. They said that she’s saddened that she’s going to miss the event.
Buckingham Palace said the 95-year-old monarch made the decision on Sunday morning, with great regret and was disappointed to miss the event and that this has been the first time she’s not been in attendance in 22 years.
Queen Elizabeth had planned on attending the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in London.
It would have marked her first in-person public engagement since she was advised to rest following a night in the hospital last month.
It’s understood the Queen’s back sprain is unrelated to her doctor’s recent advice to rest.
Buckingham Palace said that the Queen, having sprained her back, had decided with great regret that she won’t be able to attend the Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph and that Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service, and it was said that as in previous years, a wreath will be laid on Her Majesty’s behalf by the Prince of Wales and that His Royal Highness, along with the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra will be present at the Cenotaph as planned.
The Queen is said to be genuinely sad to miss the service, which she views as one of the most important engagements of the year, and she aspires to proceed as planned with her inventory of light official duties next week.
The monarch, who served in World War II as an army driver and mechanic, was expected to watch the service at the war memorial in central London from the balcony of the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office building.
Her attendance at the service was confirmed by the palace on Thursday after she was ordered to rest by royal doctors just over three weeks ago and spent a night in hospital on October 20 undergoing preliminary tests.
The palace had earlier said it was the Queen’s firm intention to attend the yearly wreath-laying service in Whitehall.
The monarch, who lived through the Second World War as a teenager, is head of the armed forces and attaches great importance to the moving service and to commemorate the sacrifices made by fallen servicemen and women.
Unfortunately, the Queen won’t be able to attend but her well-being comes first, and it’s not a shock, given her age and she should be resting and she doesn’t need to attend every event.
She might be our Queen, but remove her title and wealth and she’s just an elderly woman, and it appears that there might be something wrong, and losing her husband has taken its toll. Remembrance Day is extremely important to the Queen and her not being there says a lot.
It was inevitable that one day we would lose the Queen, even though countless people clung onto the hope that she might carry on for a little longer, but sadly she’s old and we won’t be able to have her for much longer.
And even though I’m not a royalist, it’s pretty sad when anyone’s unwell or dies.
The Queen was born into a life that she had no choice over, and over the years she’s made it the best that she could. She was dedicated to the role she was born into and respected throughout the world.