The queen spotted making poignant first appearance in London since March

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  • The queen made a poignant appearance in London this week - her first in the capital since the coronavirus numbers first started spiking.
  • The appearance comes in honour of the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior - the spot marks the sacrifice of millions of soldiers who died without being identified.
  • Her Majesty's visit this week comes one day before the UK went into its second lockdown amid the ongoing pandemic.

The queen's had to put many royal engagements on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.

For much of the year Her Majesty's been staying at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip before moving to Balmoral for her summer break. The royal engagements she has carried out have all been virtual, though she has been spotted out in London this week for the first time since lockdown began in March.

On Wednesday, she visited the grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey. The spot marks the sacrifice of millions of soldiers who died without being identified.

According to People, this year marks 100 years since the Unknown Warrior, which had been brought to London from the fields of France where the soldier fell, was buried at the site. King George, the queen's father, was in attendance at that ceremony.

"Each year in the grounds of Westminster Abbey a 'Field of Remembrance' is created: a memorial garden filled with thousands of crosses, each of which represents a member of the Armed Forces who has been lost whilst serving their country," the royal family further explains on Instagram.

"The Field is visited by veterans, military families and members of the public who want to pay their respects to the Fallen."

The queen's visit came one day before the UK went into its second lockdown.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, officially opened this year's Field of Remembrance – a duty usually carried out by former army captain, Prince Harry.

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