Queen Elizabeth has sprained her back and will not attend the Remembrance Sunday service in central London to remember Britain’s war dead, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday.
The queen decided “with great regret” that she could not attend the service and was “disappointed” to miss the event, officials said in a statement. The service was set to be the 95-year-old monarch’s first public appearance after canceling events in recent weeks on the advice of doctors.
“As in previous years, a crown will be laid in Her Majesty’s name by the Prince of Wales,” the statement said. Other members of the royal family will be in attendance as scheduled.
Remembrance Sunday is one of the most important events on the calendar for the Queen, who served in WWII as an army driver.
Also stayed away from the climate summit
Buckingham Palace officials said Thursday she plans to watch the ceremony at the cenotaph memorial in central London from a balcony, as she has done for several years.
The Queen spent a night in a London hospital last month after being admitted for tests. On October 29, the palace said he was told to rest for two weeks. She canceled plans to attend the UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, but sent a video message.
The Queen continued to work from home, performing clerical duties, during her period of rest. She spent most of the time at Windsor Castle, West London, and paid a weekend visit to Sandringham, the home of the Royal Family in eastern England.
With the longest-lived and reigning British monarch, Elizabeth is due to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – next year.