This Tuesday, March 29, 2022, the memorial service for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, took place. In a ceremony that brought together for the first time after the pandemic, more than 1800 guests and representatives of all the royal houses.
The Queen attended the event walking with a cane and leaning on the arm of her son Prince Andrew, an image that has given much to talk about considering the controversy in which he was involved and that ended up causing his resignation from his job in the monarchy.
Queen Elizabeth, who was married to the Duke of Edinburgh for 73 years, arrived at Westminster Abbey for the thanksgiving service in honor of her husband. Her entrance was plagued with mystery, although protocol was maintained and she entered last, she did so through a side door, without cameras and away from public view. There she was received by the Dean of Westminster, the Most Reverend David Hoyle and the rest of the clergy.
Queen Elizabeth during the tribute to Prince Philip
During the ceremony, the monarch with the longest reign in history, followed attentively everything that happened around her and on more than one occasion she could not hide her emotion and shed some tears, a picture that contrasts with how she was seen almost a year ago when, with the coffin of her husband in front, she showed poise and confidence as she sat alone, without any of her family due to health restrictions and at a time when she was not seen crying.
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This time, sitting next to Prince Charles, she let her vulnerability show as she remembered the man with whom she spent most of her life and a fundamental pillar in her reign.
As an affectionate gesture, the Queen wore green, the Duke’s representative color, and also wore the yellow gold, rubies and diamonds brooch that Philip gave her in 1966.
The monarch was also in charge of the selection of flowers. They were used in shades of white, blue and red, symbolizing the duke’s navy career and other flowers used for his wedding day.