Queen Elizabeth II misses remembrance service with a minor back injury

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II was forced to miss a Remembrance Day ceremony on Saturday because of a slight back injury. Her spokesman said the 91-year-old queen had slipped on stairs and took a…

Queen Elizabeth II misses remembrance service with a minor back injury

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II was forced to miss a Remembrance Day ceremony on Saturday because of a slight back injury.

Her spokesman said the 91-year-old queen had slipped on stairs and took a brief rest. He said she is being treated by royal household staff.

It was not immediately clear whether the queen will be able to attend the funeral of Britain’s late Princess Diana, for which she is expected to attend.

Diana’s funeral took place on Friday, Sept. 6, 1997.

The queen at first appeared at a service marking the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I — carried in by her husband, Prince Philip, and his father, Prince Charles — but later moved into Buckingham Palace to rest.

The queen’s absence from the service highlighted the fact that she has reached her 90th birthday and that she has less public engagements ahead of her than many of her peers.

Her husband was absent from the ceremony too, after suffering a bladder infection and being hospitalized overnight.

It was the second time in two days that a royals’ ailment threatened to disrupt the queen’s schedule.

An illness forced the cancellation of a visit to Switzerland last week, but the queen also was forced to postpone a trip to Germany to attend a state banquet honoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who visited London earlier in the week.

The queen has canceled no events this year but in 2017 had to cancel two weeks of engagements in April because of a stomach bug.

She did have two community service events last year, but neither was in England and not an appropriate tribute for her age.

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