It was reported that she saw her doctor this morning and was advised that it
was best if she did not sit through and hour long church service.

A spokesperson for the Palace said: “The Queen will regrettably no longer
attend the Commonwealth Observance at Westminster Abbey today as she
continues to recover following her recent illness.

“The Duke of Edinburgh will attend the Observance as planned.

“However, Her Majesty will still attend the Commonwealth Reception at
Marlborough House this evening to sign a new Commonwealth Charter.

“The Queen hopes to undertake some of her official engagements planned for the
rest of this week.”

The annual service was due to be her first public engagement since she was
struck down with the illness on March 1.

Her Majesty, who will be 87 next month, spent less than 24 hours at the King
Edward VII Hospital in London after falling ill at Windsor Castle.

Concerns were raised about the Queen’s general well-being as it was the first
time she had been admitted to hospital in almost 10 years.

She was forced to cancel a number of engagements, including a trip to Rome to
meet Italy’s president.

During today’s service entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson will give a speech and
there will be performances by soul singer Beverley Knight and indie-rock
favourites The Noisettes.

The Queen’s other engagements this week include a visit to Tech City in
London’s East End to tour a number of companies next Wednesday.

The following day the monarch is due to attend a service at the Guards’ Chapel
in central London to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Soldiers and
Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association.

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