(CMR) Queen Elizabeth II was not able to attend Remembrance Sunday ceremony today after spraining her back. There has been heightened concern over the state of the 95-year-old monarch's health in recent weeks.
The queen's decision was announced Sunday morning just a few hours before she was scheduled to appear, Buckingham Palace said in a statement. Just days ago, the queen was determined not to miss Remembrance Sunday, a sacred ceremony that usually brings out most of the senior royals.
“It remains The Queen's firm intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, on 14th November,” the palace had said.
The palace also said the queen had taken her doctors' advice and would not be attending the service or opening session of the General Synod of the Church of England, which she heads, on Tuesday.
In most of the previous Remembrance ceremonies of her 69-year-long reign, the queen would lay the wreath of poppies at the Cenotaph. The only times she had missed the event was when she was pregnant or abroad.