Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal family gathered at Westminster Abbey, this Tuesday, March 29, to pay tribute to Prince Philip. A moving religious ceremony marked by the absence of Prince Harry and Meghan Marke.
This Tuesday 29 March is a day rich in emotion for the Royal family. Nearly a year ago, Prince Philip bowed out on April 9, 2021. Until the last breath of her husband, Queen Elizabeth II has always wanted to be at his side. And despite her health problems and her rare appearances, Her Majesty would not have missed for anything in the world the ceremony of homage given in honor of her late husband, at Westminster Abbey.
To salute the memory of her great love, the 95-year-old sovereign wanted to participate in the preparations of this mass. According to the DailyMail, the mother of Prince Charles helped write the speech and organize the entertainment desired by the deceased for his funeral. It is therefore alongside her son Prince Andrew that the Queen left Windsor Castle to take the direction of London, where the ceremony was held. This unexpected return of Andrew to the front row did not go unnoticed; his lawsuit for sexual assault is definitely abandoned, the ex-husband of Sarah Ferguson is alongside members of his family.
Tribute to Prince Philip: prestigious guests
If the official funeral of Prince Philip had been held behind closed doors last April, this year, the health restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic having been, for the most part, removed, the European nobility intends to catch up.
Among those present, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Sofia of Sweden are present at the event. King Felipe VI of Spain, another direct descendant of Queen Victoria – rightly called the “grandmother of Europe” – also came to pay tribute to his illustrious cousin, accompanied by his wife, Queen Letizia. On the political side, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also in the church building.
Due to her health condition, a moral and physical exhaustion, Charlene of Monaco could not accompany Prince Albert of Monaco to the memorial of Prince Philip, the husband of the Queen of England, who died of the disease a year ago. And his absence would have made talk.
The first lady could not attend the memorial service of Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey, while the father of her children has made an act of presence, alongside the king and queen of Spain.
The princess recently returned to the Rock after being treated in a Swiss clinic, possibly in Montreux for an undisclosed illness. Although she is better, her illness is not over.
In a statement, the Palace said that the princess will gradually resume her official duties and commitments very soon. No date has been announced. It would be up to the doctors to make this decision.
The absence of the mother of Jacques and Gabriella has made talk.
“Charlene needs all the encouragement we can give her. Be patient and send good wishes! Prayers for her and her family,” commented a close friend who spoke on condition of anonymity.
For another source, quoted by In Touch in its latest German edition, she is probably “depressed and bored living in the princely family”.
“The life she leads with Albert does not seem to suit her. Who could blame her?” she added.
We wish her a speedy recovery!