The Queen is seen for the first time since missing Remembrance Sunday

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Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

Royal fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief as the Queen carried out her first official engagement since she was forced to miss the Remembrance Sunday service because of a sprained back.

The 95-year-old welcomed General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff, to Windsor Castle for an audience as he prepares to step down from his role as the armed forces chief at the end of the month.

The Queen looked wonderful in a bright floral dress, which she wore with a string of pearls for the face-to-face meeting in the Oak Room. Smiling, the Queen said it was, “rather sad” he was leaving the role because it had been, “a long time.”

General Sir Nick replied, “It is a long time. In fact, the only person who has done longer I'm told is Lord Mountbatten…so I am quite surprised by all that."

The Queen chuckled and said, “Oh really? Oh! I suppose if you get into that job, you know, it is easier to continue, isn't it really?"

The meeting is the first time in a month that the Queen has been pictured in person, due to illness and a sprained back.

Her Majesty was forced to pull out of the Remembrance Sunday service and General Synod, the national assembly of the Church of England. A statement released by Buckingham Palace ahead of the Remembrance Day service 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."

We’re thrilled to see The Queen back on her feet and send her our well wishes.

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