Her Majesty travelled to Westminster Abbey alongside Prince Andrew for what was the Duke of York’s first public outing since paying a reputed £12 million to his sexual abuse accuser in order to settle a excessive profile civil case out of courtroom.
The choice to permit Prince Andrew, 62, to journey along with his mom to Westminster Abbey will likely be seen as a transparent sign of the Queen’s help for her son.
Read how Her Majesty was understood to be reinforcing the message lengthy conveyed by royal aides.
Value of the memorial
Few amongst us may fail to be moved by the picture of the Queen standing at Prince Philip’s service, her eyes misty with tears and a brooch he gave her in 1966 pinned to her chest.
Melissa Twigg particulars how the piece of jewelry pays homage to her beloved husband.
Yet the service additionally confirmed how the pandemic has had a profound influence on how we take care of dying and dying.
With so many restrictions on how let’s imagine goodbye to family members during the last two years, extra individuals are studying the worth of holding a memorial service a lot additional down the road.
Laurie Graham tells how she waited to offer her husband the send-off he deserved with out Covid restrictions – and he or she is glad she did.
Needing extra royals
Today’s service to recollect the extraordinary lifetime of the Duke of Edinburgh was a reminder that in the case of huge occasions with heraldry and trumpeters, few international locations do it fairly in addition to Britain.
The occasion was stuffed stuffed with charities boasting a hyperlink to the late Duke, and so they inform a narrative of contemporary royalty that’s simple to overlook.
In 2019, earlier than Covid despatched royal engagements behind a computer display, our collective Royal household clocked up over 3,500 engagements at residence and overseas.
With the long run heralding a slimmed down monarchy, Frank Young outlines why the service confirmed we want extra royals.
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