There was a smaller group of royal family members on the balcony overlooking the Cenotaph in Whitehall this year, as Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, attended the National Service of Remembrance for Remembrance Day without The Queen. The event was meant to welcome Her Majesty’s first public appearance after an overnight stay in hospital last month, but earlier that day, officials from Buckingham Palace confirmed that Queen Elizabeth had sprained her back, and would not be present at the commemorative event.
‘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’, the statement read.
‘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, 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 Time Laurence, The Duke and Duchess of Glouchester, The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra, who will be present at the Cenotaph today as planned’.
It was Kate, therefore, who occupied The Queen’s traditional centre position on the balcony at London’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office this year in Her Majesty’s absence. Observers may recognise the black, military – style coat she wore at the event as an Alexander McQueen design she had previously donned at the Remembrance Day ceremony in 2018. Accessorising the look with a drop – trim har, Kate also wore a quartet of red poppies on her breast, one of which took the form of a crystal brooch. Staging another re – appearance was a pair of pearl drop earrings once owned by her late mother – in – law, Princess Diana. The jewellery, first gifted to Diana by Collingwood jewellers at her wedding to Prince Charles, was passed onto the Duchess of Cambridge, who debuted them in 2017 at a state banquet in Spain.