STORY STAND: Annual Remembrance Sunday The ceremony in London, which typically sees members of the royal family gather on balconies in Whitehall, near Downing Street, was unlike this year with the most famous attendee, Queen Elizabeth, has gone missing.
According to Buckingham Palace, the Queen pulled out of the event on Sunday morning due to a back sprain, although she has struggled with poor health over the past few weeks.
Last month, she was pictured leaning on a cane while attending a service at Westminster Abbey for the Royal British Legion, a charity of the armed forces. Soon after, the 95-year-old monarch spent a night in the hospital conducting tests, and was advised by doctors to rest at home and continue with his desk-related work.
Late on Thursday, the palace confirmed her attendance at Sunday’s event, which took place at The Cenotaph, a war memorial in Whitehall. But it didn’t happen.
The palace said: “The Queen, having sprained her back, has decided this morning with great regret that she will not be able to attend today’s Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph. Her Majesty is very disappointed that she will miss the service. ”
The Queen has withdrawn from a series of appearances, including at COP26, ended this weekend in Glasgow, and has also canceled a host of events in the following weeks.
Remembrance Sunday takes place in Britain the second weekend in November and sees the royal family, veterans and thousands of members of the public, honoring the armed forces and dead civilians. during World War I, World War II, and in conflicts in the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Queen has missed the Cenotaph service before due to overseas tours and before the birth of her two young children, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Last year’s Memorial Day celebrations were a low-key – and socially distanced – event due to COVID-19, with Queen Elizabeth being seen wearing a mask in public for the first time and only a handful of royals gathered at the Cenotaph war memorial.
The event takes place in second (out of three) national strikes, and was closed to the public.
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