Prince Charles steps in to lead the nation on Remembrance Sunday as Queen pulls out

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    Prince Charles supported once again the Queen in her duties as he stepped in for her in leading the country during the National Service of Remembrance. The Prince of Wales is to solemnly lay a wreath of red poppies at the foot of the Cenotaph on behalf of Her Majesty today.

    The Queen was meant to take part in the ceremony from one of the nearby balconies of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building.

    However, Buckingham Palace announced earlier this morning the Queen was pulling out of the commemorations “with deep regret”.

    The statement read: “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 disappointed that she will miss the service.” 

    A source at the palace added the Queen is “deeply disappointed” to be missing today’s service, as she regards this appointment at the Cenotaph as one of the most significant engagements of the year.

    This comes after the Queen was advised by her doctors to take a period of rest and only carry out light desk duties.

    Since October 20, she has missed a few in-person important appointments in the royal diary – including the evening reception at COP26 and the Festival of Remembrance.

    On Tuesday, she will not take part in an in-person engagement alongside her younger son Prince Edward.

    The palace said last week: “Mindful of her doctors’ recent advice, The Queen has decided not to attend the General Synod Service and Opening Session on Tuesday 16th November.”

    While today’s announcement will surely leave many royal watchers concerned, the Queen appeared in high spirits over the last weekend, when she was seen on multiple occasions being driven around her estate

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