The Queen has decided she will not lay a wreath at the Cenotaph at the national Remembrance Sunday service this year.
Buckingham Palace says it was her decision to ask the Prince of Wales to lay a wreath on her behalf.
The Queen, who is now 91, has rarely missed the annual service in central London which remembers those who lost their lives in war.
She has always wanted to lead the nation in remembering the war dead on the closest Sunday to Armistice Day on November 11th.
The decision is an acknowledgement of her age and that there are some duties she would now like to pass to other members of the Royal Family.
It’s also the first time the service has been held since the official retirement of Duke of Edinburgh earlier this year.
Both the Queen and Prince Philip will still attend but this year they will watch the service from a balcony of the Foreign Office.
The Queen’s aides stress that her primary reason for asking Prince Charles to lay a wreath is so that she can be alongside her husband.
The Queen has only missed the event at the Cenotaph when she was on tour or when she was pregnant with two of her children, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
After the decision by the Duke of Cambridge to give up his job an as air ambulance pilot in East Anglia – the duties traditionally carried out by the Queen are slowly being passed to the younger generation of Royals.
Prince William is now devoted ‘full-time’ to his royal duties alongside his wife the Duchess of Cambridge and brother Prince Harry.
The Prince of Wales will also take on more of his mother’s work as she gets older.
The service at the Cenotaph involves placing a wreath and walking backwards down the steps of the monument.
While there is no suggestion the Queen is now unable to do this – it is an acknowledgement that her age will increasingly place limitations on what she can do.
The Queen has pledged to devote herself to her duties for as long as she lives and there is no suggestion the Monarch plans to retire in the same way her husband has now done.
But we continue to witness the gradual transition of the royal family.
Royal sources say the Queen’s Autumn schedule is very similar to previous years and they will continue to make appropriate arrangements for the Queen’s individual engagements.
Buckingham Palace has also announced that Prince Harry will visit the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.