Queen Elizabeth became the Queen of England when her father, King George died. Since then she has given her heart and soul into the betterment of her Kingdom.
She has indeed performed all her Royal duties with due respect and humbleness. Now, the reports are that she is skipping one of her most notable annual duties.
Usually, the 91-year-old reigning monarch solemnly lays down the annual tribute to Great Britain’s fallen soldiers on United Kingdom’s ‘Remembrance Sunday’ ie 12 November. But on Wednesday, Buckingham Palace announced that this very year she will instead observe all the proceedings alongside her husband, Prince Philip. She has rather asked her eldest son, Prince Charles to carry out the Royal duty on her behalf.
Her majesty’s duty in the past.
Her Majesty has only missed six opportunities to pay her respects in person. Those are at the Central London war memorial, the Cenotaph, during her 65-year reign. These were because she was away on tour to Ghana in 1961, Brazil in 1968, Kenya in 1983 and South Africa in 1999. Also because she was pregnant with Prince Andrew in 1959 and Prince Edward in 1963.
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Some people see this very decision as a sign of the ongoing transition toward Prince Charles taking on more of her public roles. Explaining her decision, a Royal source tells The Royal UK, “She wishes to stand alongside the Duke of Edinburgh”.
The source also explained that Queen Elizabeth will still meet political leaders after the ceremony and attend the other weekend events. Some of them are Royal Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 12. The eldest Royal couple will stand on the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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Meanwhile, Army veteran, Prince Harry will be visiting the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 9. That is an occasion he has been sharing with his grandfather, Prince Philip since a very long time.