Buckingham Palace said ,Queen Elizabeth II has a “sprained back” and will miss Sunday’s Remembrance service her first planned public appearance since resting on medical advice.
The ceremony honouring fallen troops is close to the monarch’s heart and her absence will deepen concerns over her health after she stepped back on medical advice and spent a night in hospital undergoing unspecified tests at the end of last month.
Her son Prince Charles will lay a wreath on her behalf, as in previous years.Charles and his son Prince William represented the family in Glasgow, making a series of speeches.
“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,” a palace statement said.
A two-day trip to Northern Ireland was also shelved as was her appearance Tuesday at the General Synod, the national assembly of the Church of England which she heads.
The 95-year-old was due to view Sunday’s annual service in London from a balcony, as she has done since 2017, when she handed over some duties to younger members of the family.
The palace has previously said it was her “firm intention” to attend Sunday’s Remembrance event, which brings together veterans, their families and political leaders.
The Queen, who also pulled out of the separate Festival of Remembrance event on Saturday, is head of the Armed Forces and served as a mechanic during World War II.
She spent the following night in hospital, her first since 2013, where Buckingham Palace said she underwent “preliminary examinations”.The monarch had appeared in strong form in public until recently, despite the loss of her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip in April.
The Queen is reported to no longer ride her horses, a keen passion, although she plans to take it back up again after resting. She is also believed to have given up drinking alcohol.