Why Kate Middleton did not take the Queen’s place on Remembrance Sunday

The Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Countess of Wessex were seated alongside the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex.

The Duchess of Cambridge was one of the senior royals who attended the Cenotaph’s Remembrance Sunday service in London.

On the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building, Kate stood alongside the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex.

The Duchess was standing in the middle of the balcony, between Camilla and Sophie, and it was speculated that she took the Queen’s place on the day, but the three royal ladies were actually positioned on the left balcony.


The Duke of Kent is thought to have assumed Her Majesty’s position on the day, while standing alongside Princess Alexandra on the central balcony (where the Queen usually watches).

Camilla, Kate, and Sophie are thought to have been in order of precedence, with the future consort being the Duchess of Cornwall.

Through their fathers, Prince George, Duke of Kent, and King George VI, the monarch, 95, is close to the Duke of Kent, Prince Edward, 86, who is her first cousin.

At this year’s Trooping the Colour parade at Windsor Castle, he was by the Queen’s side to commemorate the monarch’s official birthday in June.

Her Majesty had to cancel the Remembrance Sunday service at the last minute due to a sprained 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,” according to a statement released by Buckingham Palace ahead of the service. Her Majesty is dissatisfied that she will be unable to attend the service.

“A wreath will be laid on Her Majesty’s behalf by The Prince of Wales, as in previous years.” The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, and Princess Alexandra will all be present at the Cenotaph today, as planned.”

It’s believed to be a recent sprain, and there were concerns about the impact of a car ride and time standing on her recovery. The Queen has remained at Windsor Castle after a recent private break at her Sandringham estate.

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