The Duchess of Cambridge leads the royals on Remembrance Sunday

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall led the Remembrance Sunday service on Sunday, as the Queen was forced to miss the event due to a back injury.

The Queen has only missed the service at the Cenotaph seven times in her entire reign, and to shed a little light on the subject, Buckingham Palace released a statement that said: “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."

We’re so used to seeing The Queen on the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building, but this year Kate and Camilla watched the service, alongside the Countess of Wessex and some of the Queen's cousins.

Last year’s ceremony was scaled back because of Covid, but this year the royals joined Prime Minister Boris Johnson, politicians, veterans and members of the public, as they observed the two-minute silence at 11am.

Prince Charles laid a wreath on behalf of the Queen, on what was also his 73rd birthday. He was followed by Prince William, who was dressed in military uniform, and by Princess Anne, who holds the honorary military ranks of Admiral, General and Air Chief Marshal across the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force.

As always, Kate looked demure and chic in an Alexander McQueen jacket, with red and white detailing, a matching black hat and a corsage of three poppies.

Prince Charles marked his birthday by releasing a new portrait of himself on the Clarence House official Instagram account. Royal fans loved the picture, with thousands liking and commenting saying, "Happy birthday Your Royal Highness! Hopefully you can spend your time with your three little grandchildren," and "Beautiful picture of the birthday boy!! I wish him all the best and a very good new year."

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