Queen ‘utterly determined’ not to miss Remembrance Day for seventh time in her life
Queen 'utterly determined' to attend Remembrance Sunday
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Royal editor Russell Myers featured on Wednesday’s instalment of Lorraine to give ITV viewers an update on the Queen’s health. He told host Lorraine Kelly the monarch is “utterly determined” to attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph to pay tribute to the fallen.
Mr Myers, the Daily Mirror’s royal editor, told Lorraine viewers: “[The Queen’s] taking a bit of a backseat, however, she flew back to Windsor Castle yesterday and she’s utterly determined to attended Remembrance Sunday commemorations.
“I think It would be absolutely extraordinary if she didn’t make them because she’s only missed them six times before.
He added: “So she is utterly determined to make that [appearance] for all of our war heroes.”
The National Service of Remembrance will be held at The Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday which falls on November 14 this year.
Mr Myers gave an update on the Queen’s health following her return to Windsor Castle, having spent a long weekend in Sandringham, in Norfolk.
The 95-year-old sovereign is understood to be feeling “refreshed” following her stay on the Sandringham estate.
Mr Myers explained: “She was taking on a really hectic schedule and taking on far too much, and she has thrown herself back into work.
“The doctors said, ‘Listen you need to rest up and take your foot off the gas a little bit’.
“She went to Sandringham and went to say in Prince Philip’s former cottage actually – and she’s had a really tough year and lost her husband of 73 years.”
The Duke of Edinburgh died in April at the age of 99 after being discharged from the hospital following a procedure for a pre-existing condition.
Lorraine told Mr Myers she watches the Remembrance Day commemorations every year as they are “so moving” and hoped the Queen would be able to attend.
“I think it would be so important for her to be there,” the host added.
“It’s part of her duty and she’ll want to be there for everyone.”
Mr Myers said Remembrance Day is one of those “immovable” dates in the monarch’s diary.
He explained: “She’s coming up for her 70th year reigning and she’s only missed it six times, and I think this is a fantastic opportunity to go and be amongst the people.
“She’ll do it from a balcony, she’s done that for the past few years but she doesn’t lay a wreath and Prince Charles with lay one in her behalf.”
He added. “So it’s good news for the Queen and she’s back to full health.”
The Queen hasn’t led the service since 2017, when she decided to stand by her husband and watch the ceremony from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
As a result, Prince Charles now leads the country in a respectful minute of silence and places a wreath of poppies at the foot of the Cenotaph on her behalf.
Lorraine continues weekdays on ITV.
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