“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,” the Palace said on Sunday.
“Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service.”
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 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.