The Duchess of Cambridge wears a stylish Alexander McQueen ensemble to the Cenotaph

In the absence of the queen, Duchess of Cambridge She took the lead as she joined the Duchess of Cornwall and Sophie Wessex on the balcony of the Foreign Office this morning to pay tribute to those who fell at the Cenotaph.

On a gray day in Whitehall, 39-year-old Kate Middleton chose a favorite Alexander McQueen military-style black dress coat with red epaulets, a white collar, and silver button detail as she looked Prince William And Prince Charles laid a wreath at the Whitehall War Memorial below.

The Queen was expected to attend the service but was advised against public duty by doctors at the 11th hour, leaving senior royals Kate Middleton, Sophie Wessex and Camilla to represent the monarch at the annual service. Was.

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Kate Middleton, 39, donned a military-style bespoke Alexander McQueen dress coat for the commemoration Sunday as she joined the other royals for the 11 a.m. service in Whitehall this morning – the Queen was due to attend, but doctors Advised against traveling by

Representation of the Queen: The Duchess of Cambridge took her seat between the Duchess of Cornwall, left, and the Countess of Wessex, right, on the balcony at the Remembrance Sunday service as wreaths were laid by prominent royals and dignitaries below.

Representation of the Queen: The Duchess of Cambridge took her seat between the Duchess of Cornwall, left, and the Countess of Wessex, right, on the balcony at the Remembrance Sunday service as wreaths were laid by prominent royals and dignitaries below.

The Duchess, £19.99 wearing a Royal British Legion crystal poppy brooch, accompanied by a trio of large Poppies, offered a smile to those gathered as they watched the crowds gathered for this year's Remembrance Sunday service

The Duchess, £19.99 wearing a Royal British Legion crystal poppy brooch, accompanied by a trio of large Poppies, offered a smile to those gathered as they watched the crowds gathered for this year’s Remembrance Sunday service

Duchess Sophie joins Wessex and the Duchess of Cornwall on the third balcony above the war memorial, taking time to chat with Camilla as the ceremony begins.

Camilla often turned to her daughter-in-law, and the Duchess of Cambridge also appeared to be deeply in conversation with the Countess of Wessex, as the three principal royals represented the Queen along with the other royals.

Kate Middleton cut a serious figure wearing the same elegant bespoke dress coat she wore to the 2018 Remembrance Sunday Service, this time accessorized with a chic, drop-brim black hat by Tiffany and diamond and pearl drop earrings .

The Duchess also wore a £19.99 Royal British Legion crystal poppy brooch with a trio of large poppies.

As the clock struck 11, Boris Johnson, Prince Charles, Prince William and other members of Britain’s elite observed a two-minute silence.

Buckingham Palace said the 95-year-old monarch made the decision ‘with great regret’ on Sunday morning and is ‘disappointed’ to miss the event – the first time she has not attended in 22 years.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, pictured turning to chat with the Duchess of Cambridge as they await the start of the ceremony.  It was expected that the Queen would be in attendance this year after last year's ceremony was put on hold due to Covid.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, pictured turning to chat with the Duchess of Cambridge as they await the start of the ceremony. It was expected that the Queen would be in attendance this year after last year’s ceremony was put on hold due to Covid.

Camilla, who opted for a feathered black hat with a five-string set of beads, looked serious as she spoke to Kate

Camilla, who opted for a feathered black hat with a five-string set of beads, looked serious as she spoke to Kate

The three royals look straight ahead as they sing the national anthem, God Save the Queen, on the balcony of the Foreign Office

The three royals look straight ahead as they sing the national anthem, God Save the Queen, on the balcony of the Foreign Office

On Saturday, the royal attended the commemoration ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London - again the Queen was not in attendance

On Saturday, the royal attended the commemoration ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London – again the Queen was not in attendance

The Duchess of Cambridge is seen consulting her fellow Royal Family members of the order of service during Remembrance Sunday celebrations in central London

The Duchess of Cambridge is seen consulting her fellow Royal Family members of the order of service during Remembrance Sunday celebrations in central London

Camilla and Kate both dressed in black leather gloves as they stood on the balcony on a cold November morning

Camilla and Kate both dressed in black leather gloves as they stood on the balcony on a cold November morning

The Duchess of Cambridge was pictured as in attendance at the Commemoration Sunday ceremony in London this morning

Prince William attends Remembrance Sunday event this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the Commemoration Sunday ceremony in London this morning

Wearing a trio of poppy and poppy brooches, the Duchess wore her hair neatly to one side under her drop brim Tiffany hat

Wearing a trio of poppy and poppy brooches, the Duchess wore her hair neatly to one side under her drop brim Tiffany hat

A moment of reflection: Kate closes her eyes during the ceremony as people gathered to pay tribute to martyred soldiers

The Duchess looked contemplative as she looked out at Whitehall

A moment of reflection: Kate closes her eyes during the ceremony as people gathered to pay tribute to martyred soldiers

Members of the Royal Family gather in the iconic London building for the service: Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Wessex, pictured from left countess of

Members of the Royal Family gather in the iconic London building for the service: Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Wessex, pictured from left countess of

The Queen is said to be deeply disappointed to have missed the service – which she considers one of the most important engagements of the year – and she expects her schedule of light official duties to continue as planned next week.

The monarch, who served as an army driver and mechanic in World War II, was due to watch the service at the War Memorial in central London from the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building.

Her presence at the service was confirmed by the palace on Thursday after she was ordered to rest three weeks ago by royal doctors and spent a night in hospital on 20 October as part of preliminary tests.

The emperor said that it was his ‘strong intention’ to be in the cenotaph for the traditional Remembrance Sunday event, one of the most ‘sacred’ events in his annual calendar.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, left, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, right, stand on the balcony of the Foreign Office during the remembrance service where the Queen would have stood if she attended

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, left, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, right, stand on the balcony of the Foreign Office during the remembrance service where the Queen would have stood if she attended

On a gray day in Whitehall, Kate opted for a warm dress coat with red epaulets, a white collar, and silver button detail.

On a gray day in Whitehall, Kate opted for a warm dress coat with red epaulets, a white collar, and silver button detail.

The Duchess of Cornwall, who opted for a feathered black hat with a five-string set of beads, looked serious as she spoke to Kate before the service.

Today’s service marks the first time the general public was allowed to attend since the start of the COVID pandemic in March 2020.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall led the family group at the Royal Albert Hall in London last night in celebration of commemoration, but the Queen was not in attendance.

They were joined by Prince William, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

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