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Queen ‘incredibly sad’ to miss Remembrance Day as docs insist on two-week rest

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Her Majesty the Queen has been ordered by her doctors to rest for at least a fortnight – and while palace insiders say she is generally "in good spirits" she is thought to be "incredibly saddened" at the prospect of missing the Remembrance Sunday events.

It's been said other senior members of the Royal Family should take on some of her duties themselves and "step up" following recent concerns over the monarch's health.

Her Majesty’s physicians advised her to continue to undertaking light, desk-based duties over the coming couple of weeks, including some video meetings, but not to ­undertake any official visits.

That would rule her out from attending the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 13.

A senior royal source told the Mirror that the armistice commemoration, which takes place a day later, is "one of the few dates that is completely and utterly cemented in the Queen’s annual diary".

The insider added: "The doctors who are advising Her Majesty to rest would have to have a very strong case to stop her going.

"It remains her firm intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on ­Remembrance Sunday.

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

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It had been reported that Her Majesty had voiced her "firm intention" of attending the memorial at the Cenotaph, but others have said this may not be a good idea considering she had to spend a night in hospital last week after a slew of royal engagements.

The Queen is ­understood to be "incredibly saddened" at missing that event. She has only missed the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the ­Cenotaph six times since taking the throne in 1953.

Sources have remarked on the Queen’s "relentless schedule" of late, especially after returning from her summer break at Balmoral Castle.

She has been advised to give up her daily tipple and has also had to give up horse riding after feeling some "discomfort", according to reports.

Her Majesty's devotion to the job is legendary. Even after losing her husband Prince Philip in April, she returned to work only four days later.

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