THE QUEEN made her last public appearance on October 19, and since then, she’s mostly been laid up, dealing with health woes. She was supposed to be at today’s Remembrance Day ceremony in London, but at the last minute, Buckingham Palace announced that she sprained her back and had to bow out. THE QUEEN, who is 95, has already been dealing with the nasty pain in the neck that is Prince Andrew (“He didn’t mean that, my beloved golden child.” – THE QUEEN to Andrew, probably) and now she’s got to deal with a bad back.
Last month, THE QUEEN was supposed to go to Northern Ireland for several events, but she “reluctantly” agreed to cancel her trip after her doctors told her to take it easy. THE QUEEN, who was also put on a booze ban by her doctors, then spent a night in King Edward VII hospital for “preliminary investigations.” And at the end of last month, the palace announced that her doctors ordered her to rest for two weeks. But the palace did say she’d do some light work at her desk and make some appearances virtually (like at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow). On Thursday, the palace said that THE QUEEN would be at today’s Remembrance Sunday Service, but between then and today, she sprained her back. Buckingham Palace released this short statement, via People:
“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.”
The Remembrance Sunday Service is a ceremony that marks the end of World War I and pays tribute to those who have died while fighting for their country. Wreaths are laid to commemorate those who died in war and other conflicts. A source tells People that the Remberbance Sunday Service is very important to THE QUEEN and so she’s disappointed that she couldn’t be there, but since she’s dealing with back problems, it would’ve been impossible for her to make the car ride from Windsor to London and stand on a balcony for thirty minutes. The Duke of Kent took her place on the balcony instead. Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Prince William, and Duchess Kate were also there today. As he’s done since 2017, 73-year-old Charles laid the first wreath on behalf of THE QUEEN.
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 Kate Middleton who was flanked on her right by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall 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.
THE QUEEN’s health woes aside, it’s a good thing that she skipped out on today’s event and instead spent her day getting a gentle back massage from her Corgi puppies. Because as every serious literary journal already reported, Duchess Camilla can’t stop talking about the fart that Joe Biden allegedly dropped at the COP26 climate summit and so she probably went on about it today too. “What’s with Cammy’s obsession with farts?” is probably what one catty royal said before another replied with, “Well, she did marry one.”
Here are pics from today’s Remembrance Day ceremony: