Entertainment Queen Elizabeth Has Missed Remembrance Day Before — Here's Why She Was Absent 6 Other Times
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's absence from Sunday's ceremony in London was extremely rare — but it wasn't the first time she's missed the event.
Sunday's service at the Cenotaph war memorial was to have been the 95-year-old monarch's return to public view for the first time in two weeks since she wasfollowing her October 20 hospitalization. In a short message, Buckingham Palace announced early on Sunday, "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."
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Boris Johnson's statement about the Queen comes a day after it was revealed that doctors advised her to ease up on her typically busy schedule . "Following on from their recent advice that The Queen should rest for a few days, Her Majesty's doctors have advised that she should continue to rest for at least the next two weeks," Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement on Friday. "The doctors have advised that Her Majesty can continue to undertake light, desk-based duties during this time, including some virtual Audiences, but not to undertake any official visits," the statement continued.
The Queen is said by a royal source to be "," as she regards the moving ceremony as "one of the most significant engagements of the year."
The monarch has missed the event a total of six times during her 69-year reign, the most recent being 22 years ago in 1999.
Queen Elizabeth first skipped the Remembrance Day service in 1959, when she was pregnant with her third child,. She was also absent from the event in 1963 due to her pregnancy with her youngest child, .
The four other absences were due to overseas visits: Ghana in 1961, Brazil in 1968, Kenya in 1983 and South Africa in 1999.
Queen Elizabeth Gets the Go-Ahead from Doctors to Fly to Sandringham for the Weekend
Sandringham, located about 100 miles north of London in Norfolk, is traditionally used by the royal family for entertaining over Christmas and for her winter break. They exchange gag gifts at Sandringham House on Christmas Eve before heading out on Christmas morning for church at St. Mary Magdalene Church. © Provided by People Indigo/Getty Images Sandringham House Following an overnight stay at a hospital on October 20, Buckingham Palace confirmed Friday that the Queen was advised by doctors that she should continue to rest for at least the next two weeks.
At Sunday's ceremony, a wreath was placed at the memorial on the Queen's behalf by her eldest son and heir,.
Charles, who turned 73 on Sunday, also laid a wreath of his own, decorated with white Prince of Wales feathers. His wife Camilla, 74, hadto the wreath a few days ago.
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The Queen's place on the balcony above the Cenotaph was taken by her cousin, the Duke of Kent, who was accompanied by another of Her Majesty's cousins, Princess Alexandra. On a neighboring balcony stood, who was flanked on her right by and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, on her left as tributes were paid to those who had been lost in the two world wars and conflicts since.
, watched by his wife the Duchess of Cambridge and dressed in the uniform of a Squadron Leader of the Royal Air Force, stepped forward after his father to lay a wreath of his own.
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