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Queen Elizabeth, 95, was forced to miss yet another public event over the weekend because of a sprained back, leading to even more fears over her health.

Queen Misses Remembrance Sunday

Buckingham Palace released a statement hours before the ceremony on Sunday revealing that the Queen would be missing it for the first time in 22 years because she sprained her back.

“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,” officials said in the statement, according to The Associated Press. “Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service.”

Fox News reported that Remembrance Sunday, which is a solemn ceremony to remember the sacrifices made by fallen servicemen and women, is one of the most important events on the Queen’s calendar every year.

It was meant to be her first public appearance after she took a few weeks off on the advice of her doctors. 

“She’s all right,” her son Prince Charles claimed last week when asked about her health.

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Queen Spends Night In Hospital

Last month, the Queen spent a night in the hospital as part of “preliminary investigations” for unspecified medical conditions.

She then cancelled plans to attend the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, and she had already cancelled her trip to Northern Ireland.

At the time, palace officials said that “it remains the queen’s firm intention” to be present for the national Remembrance Sunday service. 

As recently as last Thursday, Buckingham Palace said that the Queen planned to watch the ceremony at the Cenotaph war memorial in central London from a balcony, as she has for several years.

Remembrance Sunday is particularly significant to the Queen because she served in World War II as an army driver and mechanic, and is head of Britain’s armed forces. 

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‘It’s Very Sad For The Queen’

“It’s very sad for the queen, because this is the one event in the year that she really, really likes to be at,” said royal biographer Penny Junor. “We’re so used to seeing her out and about and looking years younger than she is that I think we’ve been lulled into thinking she can go on at this kind of pace forever. Clearly she can’t.”

Junor fears that this may signal that the Queen is entering a new phase of her reign in which she will not be seen by the public as much.

She is the longest-reigning monarch in British history, and is set to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee — 70 years on the throne — next year.

Please join us in saying a prayer for her majesty and for her health. 

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