Recovering Queen Elizabeth misses Commonwealth Day service

Updated 9:03 PM EDT, Mon March 11, 2013

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Queen Elizabeth to miss Commonwealth Day service as she recovers from illness

Monarch will attend Monday night reception, where she will sign Commonwealth Charter

Charter calls for end to discrimination on any grounds, implicitly including homosexuality

Palace official insists queen is apolitical and is merely carrying out official duties

(CNN) —  

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will miss a service celebrating the Commonwealth Monday, as she continues to recover from an illness that left her hospitalized last week, Buckingham Palace announced in a statement.