This is her big comeback in front of her subjects: after having canceled several engagements in recent months due to health problems, Queen Elizabeth II participated, this Tuesday, March 29, in a religious ceremony in tribute to her late husband, Prince Philip. The 95-year-old monarch, in a dark green coat, arrived at Westminster Abbey on the arm of her son Andrew, whose first public appearance was also after the out-of-court settlement reached with the American Virginia Giuffre, who accused her of sexual assault.
This time she insisted on being present for this ceremony, which is held almost a year after the death of the man who was her husband and her rock for 73 years, who died at the age of 99. The funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh had been organized in small committee because of restrictions related to the pandemic of coronavirus.
It is a rare appearance for Elizabeth II, who has considerably lightened her agenda since a night in hospital in October for examinations whose nature has never been revealed. She has withdrawn since the beginning of the pandemic to Windsor Castle, about 40 km from London.
In mid-March, the oldest member of the British royal family cancelled her participation in a church service organized as part of the annual Commonwealth Day at the last minute.
The sovereign, who recently passed the 70th anniversary of her reign, has recently confided that she has difficulty getting around and has been seen leaning on a cane, as she did on Tuesday. According to press reports, she uses a wheelchair in private, and a golf cart in Windsor Gardens, while a stair lift has been installed in her Scottish residence of Balmoral. The Queen was also diagnosed with Covid-19 in February, with mild symptoms.
The ceremony for Philip pays tribute to the man who supported Elizabeth II for more than seven decades. His death in April 2021, shortly before his 100th birthday, took place against a background of strict anti-Covid restrictions, symbolized by the image of the Queen sitting alone in Windsor Chapel.
Among the absentees is Prince Harry, who, along with his wife Meghan, announced in 2020 to give up his leading role in the British royal family. The couple and their two children now live in California. Present were the four children of Elizabeth II and Philip, Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward.