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The Queen to miss Festival of Remembrance for the first time in years


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For the first time in years, Her Majesty The Queen will miss the Festival of Remembrance due to doctor’s orders.

The Queen will not attend the annual Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall in London on 13 November. Organised by The Royal British Legion (RBL), the event is held on the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday. The event includes military displays by current members of the armed forces, choral works, prayers, and is attended by senior members of the royal family including The Queen.

Following recent advice from her doctor, The Queen has been resting and continuing with light, desk based duties. She also cancelled her appearance at the UN COP26 Climate Change conference in Glasgow at the beginning of November.

A week or so prior, The Queen spent a night at King Edward VII Hospital in London after canceling a trip to Northern Ireland. The palace said the hospitalisation was not linked to the global health crisis. This is the first time The Queen has been hospitalised since 2013 when she was admitted with gastroenteritis. In a statement from the Palace, it was announced The Queen has every intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday.

“The doctors have advised that Her Majesty can continue to undertake light, desk-based duties during this time, including some virtual audiences, but not to undertake any official visits. Her Majesty regrets that this means she will be unable to attend the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday November 13. However, it remains The Queen’s firm intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, on November 14.”

During her period of rest, The Queen has still conducted virtual audiences and engagements including meeting with the ambassadors of South Korea and Switzerland and sending a virtual message to those attending the COP26 climate change summit. Last year, The Queen led scaled-back Remembrance Day events because of the global health crisis.

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My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.