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UK’s Queen Elizabeth suffers ‘sprained back,’ misses remembrance ceremony

In this photo from February 5, 2020, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reacts during her visit to Wolferton Pumping Station in Norfolk, England. (Adrian Dennis/Pool/AFP)
In this photo from February 5, 2020, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reacts during her visit to Wolferton Pumping Station in Norfolk, England. (Adrian Dennis/Pool/AFP)

LONDON — UK Queen Elizabeth II has a “sprained back,” Buckingham Palace says, and had to miss today’s Remembrance service in London — her first planned public appearance since resting on medical advice.

The ceremony honoring fallen troops is close to the monarch’s heart and her absence will deepen concerns over her health after she stepped back, on medical advice, at the end of last month and spent a night in hospital undergoing unspecified tests.

She then resumed “light duties,” but pulled out of a scheduled attendance at the UN climate change summit in Glasgow after being advised to rest.

“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,” a palace statement says.

“Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service.”

Her son Prince Charles placed a wreath on her behalf, as in previous years.

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