Kate Middleton and Duchess Camilla lead royals on Remembrance Sunday as Queen misses service

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The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among the senior royals to attend the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London.

It comes after the Queen was forced to pull out of the event due to a back injury. It is only the seventh time in her reign that she has been absent from the Cenotaph. 

A statement released by Buckingham Palace read: “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.

“As in previous years, a wreath will be laid on Her Majesty’s behalf by The Prince of Wales. His Royal Highness, along with The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra will be present at the Cenotaph today as planned.”

Duchesses Kate and Camilla watched the service from the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building, alongside the Countess of Wessex and the Queen’s cousins. 

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The royals joined Prime Minister Boris Johnson, politicians, veterans and members of the public, as they observed the two-minute silence at 11am, followed by the wreath laying service.

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Last year’s Remembrance Sunday service was scaled back due to the pandemic and took place without members of the public present.

Prince Charles, who turned 73 on Sunday, looked visibly moved as he arrived at the service. 

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The Princess Royal, dressed in military uniform, gives a salute after laying her wreath at the Cenotaph. 

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Kate chose a repeat Alexander McQueen jacket, with red and white detailing, accessorising with a matching black hat and a corsage of three poppies.

One theory is that the royals wear multiple brooches in honour of family members who have fought and died in wars.

The Duchess’ great-grandmother had three brothers who were killed in action during the First World War and Kate viewed letters from her ancestors during a poignant visit to the Imperial War Museum in 2018.

However, the reason for the Duchess wearing multiple poppies has never been confirmed by Kensington Palace.

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The Duchess of Cornwall also watched the service from the balcony, dressed in a black coat with a matching feathered hats. She also donned a string of pearls and two large poppies alongside a silver brooch. 

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