Queen will attend Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, palace confirms

11 November 2021, 17:25 | Updated: 11 November 2021, 21:20

The Queen will attend Sunday's Remembrance service at the Cenotaph
The Queen will attend Sunday's Remembrance service at the Cenotaph. Picture: Alamy

By Will Taylor

The Queen will attend the annual Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph on Sunday, it has been confirmed.

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It follows questions about whether the monarch would attend after doctors advised her to rest, forcing her to cancel a series of planned trips.

The Palace said: "The Queen will attend the annual Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph on Sunday 14th November.

"As in previous years Her Majesty will view the service from the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building.

"Mindful of her doctors' recent advice, the Queen has decided not to attend the General Synod Service and Opening Session on Tuesday 16th November.

"The Earl of Wessex will attend as planned."

Read more: Queen spent night in hospital after having to cancel trip, Buckingham Palace says

Earlier on Thursday, Prince Charles spoke about the Queen's health, reassuring well-wishers that his mother is "alright".

The monarch had undergone tests and spent the night in hospital on October 20.

Doctor's orders to rest led to her having to cancel events, including an in-person visit to the crucial Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow – instead sending a video message.

The Prince of Wales was approached by a bystander as he left an engagement at a South London bank on Thursday.

A man in the crowd asked him: "Prince Charles – how is your mother?"

The Royal patted the bystander on the arm and appeared to say: "She's alright, thank you."

The Queen has been active this week, carrying out a Privy Council meeting by video link from Windsor Castle on Wednesday afternoon.

Read more: Queen advised to rest for at least two weeks, Buckingham Palace says

Queen advised to rest for the next two weeks

She was taken in to King Edward VII hospital last month and was said to be undertaking light duties after.

A palace spokesperson said at the time: "Following medical advice to rest for a few days, The Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits."

The hospital visit was not immediately announced by the palace.

She is due to miss Saturday evening's Festival of Remembrance – a Royal British Legion event at the Royal Albert Hall.

Prince Charles will be attending with Prince William and other senior Royals.

He had been visiting a NatWest branch on Thursday - the bank and the Prince's Trust set up the Enterprise Relief Fund to hand out emergency grants, collectively worth £3.7m, to self-employed people under 30 who did not reach the bar for Government help during the pandemic.

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