Queen Elizabeth Attends Memorial For Her Prince Philip

(NewsGlobal.com)- Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made her first public appearance in five months this week when she attended a memorial service of thanksgiving in honor of her husband of over 70 years, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen joined members of the royal family and other dignitaries at a service of thanksgiving at London’s Westminster Abbey on Tuesday.

The Duke passed away at Windsor Castle last April, just two months before his 100th birthday. But due to strict COVID restrictions, only 30 mourners were able to attend his funeral service as he was placed in the Royal Vault of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor.

Tuesday’s service at Westminster Abbey was a much larger event, with the Queen attending with her heir Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, along with other members of the royal family.

The service was also attended by the Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew Duke of York who made his first public event since settling the civil lawsuit brought by former Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre.

Among the assembled were foreign kings and queens, friends of the late Duke, military figures, and politicians including Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Also in attendance were over 500 representatives from the charities and organizations Prince Philip championed during his life.

Representatives from Buckingham Palace said the 95-year-old Queen, who this year celebrates her 70th Jubilee, had been actively involved in the planning of Tuesday’s service.

Her Majesty arrived at Westminster via a side entrance, making her first public appearance since she fell ill last October, forcing her to spend a night in the hospital. Since then, the Queen had cut back on her duties, including canceling some planned engagements. She was seen using a walking stick as she entered the Abbey alongside Prince Andrew.

David Hoyle, the Dean of Westminster, described the Duke as a “man of rare ability and distinction,” saying Prince Philip always directed attention away from himself.

Elizabeth married Philip in 1947 at Westminster Abbey where, in 1952, she was crowned Queen.