REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY is key date in the Royal Family’s calendar and they mark the historic occasion by attending a memorial ceremony in London. These are the royals expected to join the Queen in Whitehall this year.
Every year Queen Elizabeth II honours servicemen lost in battle by attending a special Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. The Queen is traditionally joined by senior royals for the moving event during which wreaths are placed at the memorial. This year the Queen, 93, will watch the service from the Foreign Office and Commonwealth building balcony and these are which Royal Family members are likely to be with her.
Which royals can we expect to see at Remembrance Sunday?
As future King and Queen Consort Prince Charles, 70, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 72, have had key roles at the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in recent years.
Since 2016 Prince Charles has placed a wreath at the Cenotaph on the Queen’s behalf.
Clarence House has confirmed Charles will repeat the ceremonial gesture this year however it is not clear whether Camilla will attend the event.
The Duchess of Cornwall has cancelled royal engagements due to ill health.
She pulled out of a Remembrance event she was meant to attend with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on Thursday as she grapples with a chest infection.
A Clarence House spokesman said: “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.”
Last year Camilla stood by the Queen with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge during the service but she may be replaced by Meghan Markle this year if ill health prevents her from going.
Prince William is second in line to the throne and his and Kate’s presence at the Remembrance Sunday event is a given.
Kate is expected to stand on the balcony beside the Queen as she has done in previous years.
Former serviceman Wills will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph memorial.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the first in a string of Remembrance events on Thursday.
They visited a memorial at Westminster Abbey and placed their own poppies and wooden crosses at the site.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will both attend the Remembrance Sunday memorial and Meghan may take Camilla’s place on the balcony beside the Queen.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry will stand below with his brother and also place a wreath at the cenotaph.
The Queen’s son Prince Andrew is likely to attend the Remembrance Sunday service and lay a wreath as he has done in previous years.
Whether his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson will attend is unclear.
While the Duchess of York is still close to Andrew they divorced in 1996 and her presence at the formal royal family event seems unlikely.
The Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward is likely to attend Remembrance Sunday in London alongside his wife Sophie Wessex.
He may also lay a wreath at the Cenotaph alongside his brothers and nephews.
The Queen’s rumoured favourite Sophie has had pride of place on the balcony beside the Queen in previous years.
Former naval officer Prince Philip attended the Remembrance Sunday event up until his retirement from public life in 2017.
Philip will not join the Queen on Remembrance Sunday but an equerry will lay a wreath on his behalf.