Camilla refuses to miss Remembrance service despite still suffering after chest infection


CAMILLA, Duchess of Cornwall, was spotted coughing at this morning’s Remembrance Sunday ceremony as she was standing next to the Queen on the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building.

Camilla stood proudly next to Queen Elizabeth II this morning, wearing a black coat and three red poppies pinned on her lapel. But she sparked health concerns as she was spotted coughing during the ceremony. 

The Duchess of Cornwall suffered from a chest infection earlier this week, which forced her to miss two engagements. 

On Wednesday evening, the Duchess of Cornwall could not attend a gala dinner at the London Library.

And, on Thursday, she was ordered by her doctor to rest instead of joining Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Westminster Abbey.

There, the pair planted Crosses of Remembrance in the Field of Remembrance and spoke with veterans, including some who took part in the D-Day landing.

Camilla was understood to be deeply disappointed for not being able to attend this event she deeply cares about, both because she is the Patron of the Poppy Factory and because she is proud of her relatives’ military sacrifice and efforts.

Announcing Camilla’s absence from the Abbey, a Clarence House spokeswoman told “The Duchess of Cornwall has been told by her doctor to cancel her engagements owing to a chest infection which has got progressively worse over the last few days.”

Camilla was not seen in public until she stepped out once again on Saturday evening, when she attended with other senior royals the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. 

This morning, Camilla looked with pride her husband Prince Charles leading the country in remembering the fallen after observing two minutes of silence at 11am. 

An emotional Prince Charles laid a wreath of red poppies on the Cenotaph on behalf of the Queen for the third time, before performing the military salute and paying his respect to the soldiers who died in line of duty.

The royal was followed by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Equerry, who laid a wreath of behalf of Prince Philip, and his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, who also paid a tribute to those who died in conflict. 

Members of the Royal Family were joined at the Cenotaph by veterans, well-wishers paying their respect and leading politicians, including Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn. 

In a video released on his Twitter account before the ceremony, Mr Corbyn paid tribute to the work of the Armed Forces both current and throughout history. 

He said: “We remember the many brave people from Britain and all across the world who put their lives on the line making huge sacrifices in two world wars which cost the lives of millions, and in all other conflicts since. 

“And we stand together to say: Never again.”  

Mr Corbyn was criticised by some Twitter users today after he was seen laying a wreath and the Cenotaph and bowing. 

One wrote: “Is it me or did Jeremy Corbyn not bow his head to this country’s glorious dead on laying his wreath?”

One person tweeted: “Can’t bring himself to bow at the cenotaph so he sort of twitches his head.

“Pretty much every one of our politicians would be prepared to physically defend this country if necessary but the idea that he would or could is risible.” 

This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Battle of Kohima in India, the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands and the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy. 


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