Royal commentator Alastair Bruce had told Sky News that Queen Elizabeth will be “immensely aggravated” about not being able to attend the Remembrance Sunday service.
Her Majesty was expected at the ceremony at London’s Cenotaph only for the palace to announce that due to back sprain the Queen would not be attending in person.
The service would have been the first public engagement Queen Elizabeth has attended in almost a month following doctors’ advice to rest.
In a statement Sunday (Nov. 14, 2021) morning, Buckingham Palace disclosed that the 95-year-old monarch has sprained her back and will therefore be unable to attend a ceremony at London’s Cenotaph memorial to honor service members who sacrificed their lives for the United Kingdom.
“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,” the statement read. “Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service.”
The ceremony is part of what’s known as Remembrance Sunday in Britain. This year’s event falls on the 73rd birthday of the queen’s son, Prince Charles, who traditionally lays a wreath in honor of deceased service members on Remembrance Sunday on behalf of his mother.
The service is one of the most important events on the monarch’s calendar and was meant to be her first public appearance after taking a few weeks off to rest under doctor’s orders.