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Charles to lay wreath as Queen watches on balcony

Tribute: The Queen at the Cenotaph for the ceremony in 2014 PIC: REX

THE QUEEN is to break with tradition by observing the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony from a balcony overlooking the Cenotaph, while the Prince of Wales lays her wreath.

At the Queen’s request, Charles (below) will place the floral tribute at the base of the Cenotaph on November 12.

Prince Philip’s equerry will lay his wreath.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: ‘The Queen wishes to be alongside the Duke of Edinburgh and he will be on the balcony.’

Earlier this year, Prince Philip, who is 96, retired from his public duties, but on occasion has joined the Queen at her official engagements.

The 91-year-old Queen and her husband will be on the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Whitehall.

It is traditionally used by other royals such as the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall to watch the service.