Prince William and Kate alongside Prince Charles and Camilla joined senior royals to attend the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London.
The royal family led tributes to honour those who have died in world wars and other conflicts.
Her Majesty was due to make her first official appearance in almost four weeks since a hospital stay last month. However, having her back sprained, she was unable to attend today’s Remembrance Sunday service.
A statement released by Buckingham Palace read: “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. Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service.
“As in previous years, a wreath will be laid on Her Majesty’s behalf by The Prince of Wales. His Royal Highness, along with 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 be present at the Cenotaph today as planned.”
In the absence of the Queen, Duchess Kate took centre stage of the balcony his morning as she joined the Duchess of Cornwall and Sophie Wessex on to pay her respects to the fallen at the Cenotaph.
For the service, Duchess Kate opted again for her black Alexander McQueen coat with a white collar and red embellishments on the shoulders, the same outfit she wore in 2018.
This is only the seventh time that the queen has missed the Remembrance Day ceremony during her 69-year reign. On previous occasions she was pregnant or abroad on tour.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles laid a wreath on behalf of the Queen during the annual ceremony.