Queen cancels engagements

The Queen has cancelled two engagements as she continues to recover from her recent bout of gastroenteritis.

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Queen cancels engagements as recovery continues

The Queen has cancelled two engagements as she continues to recover from her recent illness.

A statement from Buckingham Palace says she has completed some official duties today but will miss the Tech City engagement planned for tomorrow and the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scriptures Association Service at the Guards Chapel on Thursday.

The Queen has cancelled two engagements as she continues to recover from her recent illness. Credit: Press Association.

The statement continued: "The Duke ofYork will represent The Queen at the Tech City visit, and The Duke of Edinburghwill attend the Guards Chapel Service as planned.

"Her Majesty will, however, continue with the usual rhythm of business at Buckingham Palace, including holding a Privy Council meeting tomorrow.

"The Queen hopes to resume her programme of official engagements next week."

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The Queen puts illness aside to sign historic charter

The Queen signs the Commonwealth's historic charter. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Queen signed the Commonwealth's historic charter tonight despite still recovering from the symptoms of gastroenteritis.

Making her first official public appearance for more than a week she described the document as capturing "the core values and aspirations" of the family of nations, before putting her name to it.

Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth signs the Commonwealth Charter at a reception at Marlborough House. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Queen was forced to miss the annual Commonwealth Day service this afternoon as she was still recovering.

But she looked well and in good spirits when she arrived at Marlborough House in central London, home of the Commonwealth, with the Duke of Edinburgh for the signing.

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Queen's illness 'nothing serious'

The Royal Correspondent for the BBC, Peter Hunt, has tweeted that the Queen's health problems are, 'nothing serious' as she was forced to cancel her appearance at a major service celebrating the Commonwealth as she is continuing to recover from her recent bout of gastroenteritis:

Duke of Edinburgh will attend Commonwealth service

The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey today, after Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen would not attend due to her continuing recovery from her recent illness.

The Queen spent 24 hours in hospital last week.

Sick Queen will not attend Commonwealth service

The Queen will not attend today's Commonwealth Day celebrations due to her recent illness but is still expected to attend functions this evening.

Buckingham 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."

Queen celebrates Commonwealth Day after illness

The Queen is to sign a new charter backing equal rights for women and gay people in every Commonwealth nation.

In a special ceremony to mark Commonwealth Day, she will endorse the document which includes the core values - from human rights to the rule of law - that leaders have committed to upholding.

In a pre-recorded speech to be broadcast today, the monarch will say the values of the new charter have "special emphasis" on including everyone in striving for a better future.

Read the full text and listen to the speech here:

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