(PatriotWise.com)- Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was unable to attend the Remembrance Sunday service in London over the weekend after suffering a back injury.
The service was expected to be the Queen’s first public appearance since she had to cancel several other events in recent weeks on doctor’s orders. The Queen had taken time away from her duties following a stay in the hospital last month.
Buckingham Palace previously said it was the Queen’s “firm intention” to attend the Remembrance service, but on Sunday morning, palace officials announced a last-minute change of plans after the Queen suffered a back injury.
Prince Charles stepped in to fulfill the duties on her behalf, laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in London.
After the Queen spent a night in the hospital on October 20 following medical tests, doctors had advised she rest for at least two weeks, putting her on light duties only, and no official visits.
Once released from the hospital, the Queen canceled her planned appearance at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, sending a video message instead. And on Saturday, she missed the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
On Tuesday, Elizabeth returned to public duties when she addressed the opening session of the 11th General Synod of the Church of England.
During her address, the Queen told the Synod “None of us can slow the passage of time,” adding that rather than focus on all that has changed, “much remains unchanged including the Gospel of Christ and his teachings.” She also alluded to the COVID pandemic, saying that this has been a particularly difficult year which, for many, “has been a time of anxiety, of grief, and of weariness.”
Both remarks were especially relevant to the Queen herself who, in April her husband of over 70 years, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Queen Elizabeth II, 95, is Great Britain’s long-reigning monarch. In 2022, the nation will celebrate her 70th Jubilee.