For the first time in over 18 years, the Queen will this year not be laying the Remembrance Sunday wreath at the service at the Cenotaph, instead choosing to hand the duty over to son Prince Charles.
The monarch will instead watch the Remembrance Service on the 12th November from the balcony of the Foreign Office. This will mark the first time that she hasn’t been on the ground at the ceremony during her 65-year reign.
Prince Charles, ahead of his reign as King, will lay the wreath on behalf of his mother, alongside the Duke of Edinburgh’s equerry.
A statement from Buckingham Palace revealed that the decision was the Queen’s choice, saying, “At Her Majesty’s request, a wreath will be laid on her behalf by The Prince of Wales.”
It seems as though the change in tradition is yet another sign that the Queen is looking to prepare her family for larger royal roles and responsibilities, as she approaches her 92nd birthday next year.
A royal spokesperson also revealed another heartwearming reason for the change, suggesting that the Queen would this year like to mark the memorable occasion in the company of her husband.
They explained, “The Queen wishes to be alongside the Duke of Edinburgh and he will be in the balcony.”
It’s not the first time the Queen hasn’t laid the wreath in the ceremony, but on previous occasions, other members of the royal family have only stepped up as the Queen has been abroad on royal visits, or pregnant.
BBC Royal Correspondent Peter Hunt also suggested that the change is also “an acknowledgement that the Queen is 91”, showing how she is slowing down duties in her advancing age.
The decision comes just months after her husband Prince Philip retired from royal duties at the age of 95.
In the past, the Remembrance Sunday ceremony has adapted to accommodate for the royals. The service was actually shortened in 2015, in order to reduce the amount of time that the Queen, Prince Philip, and veterans were required to stand for.
It’s expected that other members of the royal family will also be in attendance at the event this November.