Queen Elizabeth II to miss Remembrance Day ceremony after spraining her back

Queen Elizabeth II has sprained her back and will miss the memorial service for the British war dead in London, Buckingham Palace announced on Sunday.

The recent health setback for the UK’s longest-ruling monarch meant she was forced to postpone her first public appearance more than three weeks after her brief hospital stay for an unspecified illness unrelated to Covid-19.

The Queen was “disappointed” in missing the service – one of her most important annual commitments – the statement said.

At the Cenotaph, Britain’s national war memorial in Westminster, a wreath will continue to be laid in her name by her son Prince Charles, the palace added.

The Queen served as an army driver and mechanic during World War II and attaches great importance to Memorial Sunday, a solemn ceremony to commemorate the victims of fallen soldiers. National service is traditionally marked by the wearing of poppies and a two-minute silence at 11 a.m.

It is preceded by the Day of Remembrance or Armistice on November 11th, which marks the end of the First World War.

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A statement from Buckingham Palace last month said the Queen had “firm intentions” to attend the memorial service this year, despite missing other commitments in the run-up to the event.

The Queen was unable to attend the COP26 climate talks held in Scotland for the past two weeks after her doctors advised them to rest.

However, during her rest period, she continued to work from home and do desk work. She spent most of her time at Windsor Castle, west of London, and made a weekend visit to Sandringham, the royal family estate in east England.

The Royal celebrates its platinum anniversary next year and celebrates its 70th anniversary to the throne. She will be the first British monarch to do this.

Associated press contributed.

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