Kate Middleton stands in for Queen and takes centre stage at Remembrance Sunday service

Kate Middleton took her place in the center of the balcony of the Foreign Office for Remembrance Sunday.

In the absence of the Queen, recovering from a sprain, the Duchess of Cambridge stood between Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Sophie, Countess of Sussex.

All three women on the balcony wore black hats and coats with poppies attached.

Other high-ranking members of the royal family, including Prince Charles, Prince William, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, laid wreaths at the memorial.

Buckingham Palace confirmed this morning that the Queen might attend today’s memorial service due to a sprained back.

In a statement, the palace said Her Majesty was “disappointed” at missing the annual event held at the Cenotaph in London – and with “great regret” she will not be there.

It would have been Her Majesty’s first public outing after doctors advised them to rest after medical examinations at the hospital.

Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen, who sprained her back, decided this morning with great regret that she would not be able to attend the memorial service at the cenotaph today.

Kate Middleton stands in for Queen and takes centre stage at Remembrance Sunday service 1

“Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service. As in previous years, the Prince of Wales will lay a wreath on Her Majesty’s behalf.

“His Royal Highness, along with the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the 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 today as planned. “

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