Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, appears particularly hard hit by the Memorial Day event and the Queen’s absence
Whether it was the Queen’s absence or the seriousness of the day, the royal family looked particularly emotional in today’s Remembrance Sunday parade.
Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s eyes seemed to be tearful while Camilla and Sophie Wessex wiped away tears during the ceremony at the London Cenotaph.
All three looked somber, while Kate looked heavy eyed, Sophie looked pale and Camilla looked steadfast and deep in thought.
The Queen pulled out of service at the last moment with Buckingham Palace citing a back sprain. But it has put her health into question after being hospitalized for the last month.
There are growing concerns about the condition of the head of state several engagements are missing. Her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died in April.
It is the first time in more than 20 years that the 95-year-old Queen missed the Remembrance Day parade.
Prince Charles laid a wreath at the memorial in the absence of his mother. He was accompanied by Prince William and Princess Anne for the service and parade. Prince William looked somber and gritted for most of the event, but managed to smile as he accepted the greeting for senior veterans walking past the parade.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid a wreath with Labor leader Keir Starmer. Former Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Theresa May, Gordon Brown and David Cameron also attended the event.
A two-minute silence was observed to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for their country.