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Queen cancels engagements

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

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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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