Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey in London to mark the Centenary of the Royal British Legion 121021 CREDIT PA, ALAMY
The Queen after attending a service at Westminster Abbey marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion earlier this month (Picture: PA/Alamy).
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Queen to miss Festival of Remembrance as doctors advise her to rest

However, Buckingham Palace said the Queen has the "firm intention" of leading the nation on Remembrance Sunday.

 Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey in London to mark the Centenary of the Royal British Legion 121021 CREDIT PA, ALAMY
The Queen after attending a service at Westminster Abbey marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion earlier this month (Picture: PA/Alamy).

The Queen is to miss the Royal British Legion's Festival of Remembrance next month after being told by her doctors to rest for at least the next two weeks, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The development comes after the Queen underwent tests in hospital last week and cancelled a two-day trip to Northern Ireland.

Buckingham Palace said she will only undertake "desk-based duties" during the period but said the head of state has the "firm intention" of leading the nation in honouring the country's war dead on Remembrance Sunday on 14 November.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: "Following on from their recent advice that the Queen should rest for a few days, Her Majesty's doctors have advised that she should continue to rest for at least the next two weeks.

"The doctors have advised that Her Majesty can continue to undertake light, desk-based duties during this time, including some virtual audiences, but not to undertake any official visits.

"Her Majesty regrets that this means she will be unable to attend the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday, November 13.

"However, it remains The Queen's firm intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, on November 14."