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Queen to lay remembrance wreath which weighs less due to advancing age

The Queen will be laying a lighter wreath at the Cenotaph this year during the Remembrance commemorations due to her advancing age.

The 90-year-old monarch will lay a wreath that weighs less for the first time in the over 60 years she has been Queen.

The specially designed wreath is made from hardboard, broom and crepe paper, and weighs around 12lb.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, a source said: “It was felt at the age of 90 she might be grateful for a lighter wreath.”

This isn’t the only modification that has been made due to Her Majesty’s increasing age. Last year, the service was shortened in length for The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s comfort. This was intended, so the couple spent less time on their feet in the treacherous weather.

The service was also shortened to accommodate the veterans taking part in the parade, many of whom are at the same age or are older than The Queen.

Buckingham Palace has so far declined to comment on the special arrangements.

The Remembrance Day commemorations will take place on 13 November, and Her Majesty and unannounced Members of the Royal Family will lay wreaths at The Cenotaph. The Prince of Wales will also take the Salute at the March Past of Veteran and Civilian Organisations on Horse Guards Parade.

After the Horse Guards Parade, Prince Charles, Colonel, Welsh Guards will join in a service at the Guards’ Chapel and take part in a wreath laying at the Guards’ Memorial for the Welsh Guards Regimental.

On the previous day, the monarch will attend the annual Royal Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall alongside other members of her family.

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