Queen Elizabeth II misses remembrance ceremony with bad back

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was forced to pull out of the U.K.’s annual memorial service for fallen soldiers Sunday due to a sprained back.

The wreath-laying ceremony in central London would have marked a return to public appearances for the 95-year-old monarch who has missed a series of events due to health concerns.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen was “disappointed” for having to miss the event. Her son Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, laid a wreath on her behalf.

Last month, Queen Elizabeth had to cancel a visit to Northern Ireland and pulled out of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, instead delivering a pre-recorded video message urging world leaders to combat climate change.

At the time, the Queen was advised by doctors to take a two-week rest break, but she had expressed her “firm intention” to attend Sunday’s memorial.

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