Prince Charles will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on the Queen’s behalf, as in previous years.
Buckingham Palace had confirmed on Thursday that the 95-year-old monarch was well enough to attend the ceremony to commemorate those who have died in conflicts.
Queen Elizabeth’s decision to pull out of the Remembrance Day Sunday service after spraining her back is unrelated to her doctor’s recent advice to rest, according to a royal source.
The timing is unfortunate and nobody regrets the Queen’s absence today more deeply than the monarch herself, the royal source told CNN.
The Queen is deeply disappointed to miss the engagement which she considers one of the most significant engagements of the year, and hopes to continue as planned with her schedule of light official duties next week, the royal source adds.
Other members of the royal family, including Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are set to attend the Remembrance Sunday service as planned, the statement from Buckingham Palace said.
Large crowds are expected to gather around the Cenotaph this Sunday after the annual service was largely curtailed by Covid-19 restrictions last year.
It has been more than three weeks since the Queen attended a public event — when she hosted a reception for business leaders at Buckingham Palace ahead of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. The day after, the sovereign abruptly canceled an imminent trip to Northern Ireland and spent a night in hospital for what a spokesman described at the time as “preliminary investigations.”
Since then and following her doctor’s orders, the royal household has scaled back her diary significantly. She has been mostly resting at Windsor, undertaking a few light duties by video link and phone.
CNN’s Lauren Said-Moorhouse, Niamh Kennedy and David Wilkinson contributed to this report.