Her Majesty stands to sing surrounded by her family with the Duke of York also on the front row. From left to right, front row: Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn. (Second row left to right) The Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, the Duchess of Cambridge, Peter Phillips, Isla Phillips, Savannah Phillips, Mia Tindall, Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall. Other notable attendees include Princess Beatrice; Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi; Princess Eugenie; Jack Brooksbank; David Armstrong-Jones; Margarita Armstrong-Jones; Richard, Duke of Gloucester; Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester; Edward, Duke of Kent

Who’s who? Senior royals unite at Prince Philip’s memorial service

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With the exception of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the nation’s senior royals were all in attendance in Westminster Abbey this morning as they united to honour the life of the late Duke of Edinburgh. 

The Queen led her family – alongside politicians, European royals and members of Prince Philip’s family – in the emotional service at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday morning. 

The Monarch, 95, who has battled a serious of health and mobility issues in recent weeks – including contracting Covid last month – was determined to attend the memorial service.  

Prince Philip’s funeral in April last year saw Her Majesty seated alone with just 30 mourners in attendance as Covid rules meant heavily restricted numbers. 

Today, the first two rows of the Abbey were filled with 20 of the late Duke’s closest family members – including his children Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Edward and their own families. 

Behind them sat minor royals, members of the aristocracy, European royalty – including King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia – and even famous faces from popular culture – including racing legend Jackie Stewart.  

Clearly emotional, the Queen shed a tear for her late husband at the extraordinary service held in remembrance of his remarkable life of service to Britain and her.  

Her Majesty stands to sing surrounded by her family with the Duke of York also on the front row. From left to right, front row: Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn. (Second row left to right) The Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, the Duchess of Cambridge, Peter Phillips, Isla Phillips, Savannah Phillips, Mia Tindall, Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall. Other notable attendees include Princess Beatrice; Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi; Princess Eugenie; Jack Brooksbank; David Armstrong-Jones; Margarita Armstrong-Jones; Richard, Duke of Gloucester; Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester; Edward, Duke of Kent

Her Majesty stands to sing surrounded by her family with the Duke of York also on the front row. From left to right, front row: Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn. (Second row left to right) The Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, the Duchess of Cambridge, Peter Phillips, Isla Phillips, Savannah Phillips, Mia Tindall, Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall. Other notable attendees include Princess Beatrice; Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi; Princess Eugenie; Jack Brooksbank; David Armstrong-Jones; Margarita Armstrong-Jones; Richard, Duke of Gloucester; Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester; Edward, Duke of Kent

THE FRONT ROW AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY 

The Queen shed a tear for her husband today at an extraordinary service in remembrance of his life - unlike the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral in April 2021, the Queen was surrounded by her closest family members

The Queen shed a tear for her husband today at an extraordinary service in remembrance of his life – unlike the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April 2021, the Queen was surrounded by her closest family members

The Queen (1) The sovereign took her place amongst the 1,800 guests despite the 95-year-old’s mobility problems, which have prevented her from carrying out a major public engagement away from Windsor Castle in nearly six months. Wearing a racing green coat and matching fur-trimmed hat, the Queen was seated next to Prince Charles for the solemn occasion. 

Prince Charles (2) The first in line to the throne, Prince Charles wore a smart pin-striped navy blue suit with a black tie and shiny brogues as he sat by his mother’s side – with the Duchess of Cornwall to his left – at the memorial service. 

The Duchess of Cornwall (3)  Camilla, 74, who donned a deep green dress coat with black leather gloves and a black clutch bag and wore a black velour hat with a striking green feather, was known to have enjoyed a close relationship with the late Duke of Edinburgh – and is likely to use him as an inspiration when she becomes Queen Consort in the future. 

Princess Anne (4) The Princess Royal, also in racing green stood between her husband Timothy Lawrence and the Duchess of Cornwall for today’s service

Timothy Laurence (5) The 67-year-old retired Royal Navy Vice Admiral, wife of the Princess Royal, took the last place on the first row at the memorial service.  

Prince Andrew (6) After a tumultuous year for Prince Andrew, the Queen showed her support for him today, symbolically choosing him to accompany her to Westminster Abbey despite the Epstein scandal that has de-railed his royal life. He sat alongside his siblings, with daughters Beatrice and Eugenie a few rows behind. 

Support for the Queen: The front row saw, from left, The Queen, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne and Timothy Laurence seated together with Kate, William, Prince George and Prince Charlotte

Support for the Queen: The front row saw, from left, The Queen, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne and Timothy Laurence seated together with Kate, William, Prince George and Prince Charlotte

Prince Andrew was sat next to Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex during today’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey 

The royal family - who were facing many of Prince Philip's own family members, including the Hereditary Prince and Princess of Baden (far right opposite the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Royal), were seen paying an emotional tribute to Prince Philip

The royal family – who were facing many of Prince Philip’s own family members, including the Hereditary Prince and Princess of Baden (far right opposite the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Royal), were seen paying an emotional tribute to Prince Philip

Prince Edward (7) Prince Edward looked somber as he took his seat alongside wife Sophie Wessex and their two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn. 

Sophie Wessex (8) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 57, and her daughter, Lady Louise, 18, smiled and chatted to each other after taking their seats in the Abbey. 

Lady Louise Windsor (9) Known for her close relationship to her grandfather who she has inherited a love of carriage-driving from, Lady Louise, 18, looked perfectly polished as she joined her parents and brother at Westminster Abbey.

Viscount Severn (10) Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex’s son – now 14 – wore a black suit and tie to show his respects to his late grandfather. 

THE SECOND ROW AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY 

Wearing racing green to reflect the livery of Prince Philip's military regiment, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Royal - alongside Tim Laurence - were seated in front of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Wearing racing green to reflect the livery of Prince Philip’s military regiment, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Royal – alongside Tim Laurence – were seated in front of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Prince William (11) The Queen’s grandson and second in line to the throne held wife Kate Middleton’s hand as he arrived with two of the couple’s children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, for his grandfather’s memorial service. 

Prince George (12) Just visible next to his father’s shoulder, Prince George took his seat just behind his great-grandmother for the service. The eight-year-old took a day off school to join his younger sister Princess Charlotte at the event.  

Princess Charlotte (13) The six-year-old schoolgirl was barely visible except for occasionally nudging up to her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge. 

Duchess of Cambridge (14) Playing a reassuring role to two of her three children who were in attendance, the Duchess told a serious-looking Princess Charlotte ‘you can smile’, according to expert lip reader Jacqui Press. Kate looked poised as she wore a £1,495 navy Alessandra Rich gown which she paired with a smart £775 hat from Lock&Co! and Princess Diana’s Collingwood earrings for the service at Westminster Abbey today.

Isla and Savannah Phillips (middle row, second and third from left) joined the Tindalls and their father Peter Phillips on the second row at Westminster Abbey today

Isla and Savannah Phillips (middle row, second and third from left) joined the Tindalls and their father Peter Phillips on the second row at Westminster Abbey today

Peter Phillips (15) The Princess Royal’s son, separated from wife Autumn Phillips, was seated alongside his daughters Isla, 10, and Savannah, 11 on the second row. 

Isla Phillips (16) For Peter Phillips’ youngest daughter, it was a day of mixed emotions as she celebrated her tenth birthday. Isla Elizabeth Phillips was born on March 29, 2012 to Peter and mother Autumn Phillips.  

Savannah Phillips (17) Appearing to offer a cheeky smile at points, Savannah Phillips, the 11-year-old daughter of Peter and his ex-wife Autumn Phillips wore a navy blue headband and buttoned up smock coat for the service.

Mia Tindall (18) Looking up to her older cousin Savannah Phillips, Mia Tindall, the eldest child of Mike and Zara Tindall looked to be enjoying the grandeur of the occasion as she paid her respects to her great grandfather. Mia wore a black peplum coat with red piping along the cuffs and collar for the occasion .

Zara Tindall (19)  The Duke of Edinburgh’s granddaughter was joined by her husband Mike and their eldest daughter Mia at Westminster Abbey for Prince Philip’s memorial service. The mother-of-three looked poised as she wore an understated Laura Green navy coat which she paired with elegant silver earrings.

Mike Tindall (20) The former England rugby player looked smart in a grey tailored suit which he paired with a white shirt and a navy patterned tie. 

THE ROWS BEYOND: MORE ROYALS, EUROPEAN ROYALS AND ARISTORCRACY 

Princess Beatrice (21) Princess Beatrice, 33, stepped out in a burgundy dress with coordinating heels and a black coat, alongside her polished husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38. At one point the princess broke down in tears. She enjoyed a particularly close relationship with her grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh. 

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (22) Mr Mapelli Mozzi was by his wife’s side as she paid tribute to her grandfather at today’s service of thanksgiving. The Duke of Edinburgh approved of their union and attended Mr Mapelli Mozzi’s wedding to Beatrice in 2020. 

Princess Eugenie (23) Princess Eugenie cut a stylish figure in a floral midi dress by British fashion designer Erdem worth £1,695. She was joined by her husband Jack Brooksbank. Eugenie and Jack welcomed son August in February 2021 and gave him the middle name Philip after his great-grandfather

Princess Beatrice, third row, far left, looked sombre as she joined the congregation in singing as part of the tribute to her grandfather - she was seated next to her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Princess Beatrice, third row, far left, looked sombre as she joined the congregation in singing as part of the tribute to her grandfather – she was seated next to her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi 

Jack Brooksbank (24) Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank looked sombre throughout the service. It would have been particularly poignant for Jack, who lost his own father to Covid in November 2021, just days before their son August’s christening. 

David Armstrong-Jones (25) David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl Snowdon, is the only son of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl Snowdon. The furniture designer enjoyed a close relationship with the Duke of Edinburgh and used to holiday with the Royal Family as a child. 

Sarah Chatto's brother David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl Snowdon, who was seated next to his daughter Margarita

Sarah Chatto’s brother David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl Snowdon, who was seated next to his daughter Margarita

Margarita Armstrong-Jones (26)The Earl of Snowdon’s daughter Margarita Armstrong-Jones was seated next to her father. Lord Snowdon and her mother, Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon, divorced in 2020.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester (27) The Duke is the youngest grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary and a paternal cousin of the Queen. He carries out duties on behalf of the royal family and is patron of many societies. 

Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester (28) The Dutch-born Duchess married Prince Richard in 1972 and is a full-time working member of the Royal Family. She shares three children with the Duke – none of whom undertake official duties.

Edward, Duke of Kent (29) Edward is the son of George VI’s brother and is a first cousin of Her Majesty. The Duke is involved with over 140 different charities, organisations and professional bodies on behalf of the Royal Family. 

Lady Amelia Windsor (30) Currently 43rd in the line of succession to the British throne, glamorous Lady Amelia Windsor also attended today’s service. The 26-year-old fashionista, Prince Harry and Prince William’s third cousin, wore a demure buttoned-up jacket and trousers, with her hair cascading loose down her back. 

OTHER NOTABLE ATENDEES 

Charles Armstrong-Jones: The 22-year-old son of the Second Earl of Snowdon, David Armstrong-Jones, was seated next to his aunt Lady Sarah Chatto at the memorial service. Armstrong-Jones was the third grandchild of Princess Margaret.

Lady Sarah Chatto: The Queen and Prince Philip’s much-loved niece Sarah Chatto looked emotional as she arrived for her uncle’s service of thanksgiving. Lady Sarah was born in 1964 — the last royal baby born at a palace rather than a hospital — within weeks of cousins Prince Edward, Lady Helen Windsor and James Ogilvy. The minor royal, 56, wore a navy blue dress, cardigan and string of pearls for the service. 

Daniel Chatto: The husband of Lady Sarah accompanied his wife and their two children; the family’s presence in a key spot at the memorial service is testament to how highly they are regarded in the royal family, and is a tribute to the close relationship the Duke of Edinburgh enjoyed with Princess Margaret

Sarah Chatto's sons Samuel

Arthur Chatto

Sarah Chatto’s sons Samuel (left) and Arthur (right) joined their parents at the high profile event today

Samuel Chatto: The eldest of Lady Sarah Chatto’s children, youthful-looking Samuel, 25, looked sharp in a navy suit with black tie. The potter and artist, who’s a hit on Instagram with 86,000 followers, was seated next to his mother.  

Arthur Chatto: Sporty Arthur Chatto, who works as a personal trainer, donned a dark grey suit and navy tie as he took his place in the Abbey alongside his brother and mother and father. Arthur is 29th in line to the throne. 

George Windsor: The Earl of St Andrews, a former diplomat, is the elder son of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, and his wife, Katharine, Duchess of Kent. The 59-year-old father-of-four attended with his wife Sylvana Tomaselli.

Lord Downpatrick: The 33-year-old brother of Lady Amelia Windsor, son of George Windsor and Sylvana Tomaselli, cut a low-key figure, sporting a beard for the memorial service. Edward, or ‘Eddy’ as he’s referred to by friends and family, works as a fashion designer, having ditched a former career in the City. 

Sylvana Tomaselli: Wife of the Earl of St Andrews, Canadian-born academic and historian Sylvana Tomaselli, a lecturer at Cambridge University, eschewed a hat in favour of a black velour headband, and wore a dark navy suit as she took her place between her two children in the Abbey.

Lady Helen Taylor: A peripheral royal happy to lead a life largely under the radar, Lady Helen, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, wore a smart black suit to pay her respects to Prince Philip, accompanied by her son Cassius, who she shares with art dealer Timothy Taylor.

Cassius Taylor: Cousin to Lady Amelia Windsor and Lord Edward Downpatrick, 25-year-old Cassius also donned a beard, alongside a black suit as he took his seat four rows back from the front. 

A RAFT OF EUROPEAN ROYALTY: Also in attendance in the middle rows, behind the British royal family were key figures from European royal families including King Philippe of BelgiumQueen Mathilde of Belgium, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, King Albert of Monaco, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, King Felipe IV of Spain, Queen Letizia of Spain, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Sonja of Sweden.

Emotional Queen returns to Windsor with Prince Andrew by her side after royals rallied round her at moving Westminster Abbey memorial for Prince Philip

The Queen is back at Windsor Castle today with Prince Andrew having skipped several royal receptions after shedding tears for the Duke of Edinburgh at an extraordinary service in remembrance of his remarkable 99-year life of service to Britain and his wife. 

Her Majesty became emotional in Westminster Abbey – where she married Prince Philip in November 1947 – having personally ensured her beloved husband’s final wishes were fulfilled after his covid-hit funeral left her sat alone without the rousing hymns and guests he loved so much. 

Today’s service was attended by the Royal Family and his relatives, friends and people who benefitted from his charities and patronages. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were the only senior royals not there. 

The Queen had stood with tears in her eyes as the 1,800-strong congregation sang Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer before the bells of Westminster Abbey rang out to mark the end of the memorial service in the central London church where she was crowned just over 70 years ago.  

Queen Elizabeth II is helped into her car by her son Prince Andrew, right, after attending a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip. Mother and son skipped multiple receptions being held in the capital this afternoon

Queen Elizabeth II is helped into her car by her son Prince Andrew, right, after attending a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip. Mother and son skipped multiple receptions being held in the capital this afternoon

Front and centre of the high profile occasion was the Duke of York, despite Andrew paying millions out of court earlier this month to settle a civil sexual assault case and losing his 'HRH'

Front and centre of the high profile occasion was the Duke of York, despite Andrew paying millions out of court earlier this month to settle a civil sexual assault case and losing his ‘HRH’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the Abbey with two of their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the Abbey with two of their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The Queen walks towards her seat at Westminster Abbey after being accompanied down by the aisle by Prince Andrew today

The Queen walks towards her seat at Westminster Abbey after being accompanied down by the aisle by Prince Andrew today

Andrew escorted her to her seat in an extraordinary moment that may have upset other royals. None of the other royals appeared to look up when they arrived

Andrew escorted her to her seat in an extraordinary moment that may have upset other royals. None of the other royals appeared to look up when they arrived

The 95-year-old monarch used a stick as she was walked to and from her seat, supported by her disgraced son the Duke of York, to give her ‘strength and stay’ Philip the final farewell he had wanted. Her Majesty’s presence was only confirmed two hours before it started.

And despite battling mobility problems, she stood to pray and sing hymns that her husband of 73 years had asked for before his death last April. But in a controversial decision she chose Prince Andrew to aid her, clutching his elbow with one hand and a walking stick with the other. 

After a poignant service limited to 40 minutes where the watery-eyed monarch sat in one of the Canada chairs with an additional cushion, she was driven the 22-miles back to Windsor Castle with the Duke of York beside her after her first major public engagement for approaching six months.

The 51 European royals who attended the Service of Thanksgiving went to a number of receptions held in London afterwards, including one held at Kensington Palace, home to a number of British royals including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. 

Her Majesty walked with the help of a stick but stood without support sat next to Charles, Camilla, Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence. Across the aisle was Prince Andrew

Her Majesty walked with the help of a stick but stood without support sat next to Charles, Camilla, Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence. Across the aisle was Prince Andrew

Prince Charles hosted a charity reception at St James’ Palace before attending a dinner at Windsor Castle tonight to mark the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 75th anniversary. It is highly likely he will drop in to see his mother beforehand. 

The Queen has rallied to join close family, friends, foreign royals and hundreds of charity workers in remembrance of her beloved husband the Duke of Edinburgh at a poignant memorial service. 

Front and centre of the high profile occasion was the Duke of York, despite Andrew paying millions out of court earlier this month to settle a civil sexual assault case. 

After she leant on Andrew as she walked back out of the church, the Queen appeared to grimace as she walked to the car hunched over with the Duke of York at her side guiding her towards the Bentley.

The Queen and Prince Philip revisit Broadlands, to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on November 20, 2007

The Queen and Prince Philip revisit Broadlands, to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on November 20, 2007

Denmark's Queen Margrethe (left) walks beside Netherlands' Princess Beatrix (centre right, in green hat) and in front of Netherlands' Queen Maxima (back left), Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander (centre) and Monaco's Prince Albert II (far right) as they leave the service. These royals are understood to have attended a variety of London receptions afterwards

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe (left) walks beside Netherlands’ Princess Beatrix (centre right, in green hat) and in front of Netherlands’ Queen Maxima (back left), Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander (centre) and Monaco’s Prince Albert II (far right) as they leave the service. These royals are understood to have attended a variety of London receptions afterwards

The Queen arrives at the service holding the Duke of York by the elbow with her left hand and her stick with the right

The Queen arrives at the service holding the Duke of York by the elbow with her left hand and her stick with the right

She appeared to be holding tightly to her stick and appeared to be making a great effort to get to the vehicle, concentrating very hard in taking each step. Once inside the car she appeared to be back to her normal composed self as the car slowly drove away. She waved to onlookers as she arrived and left the service.

The Queen and the packed abbey had listened as the Dean of Windsor paid tribute to Philip’s intellect, work ethic, sense of humour and devotion to his family.

Queen, Camilla and Anne all wear green for their beloved Prince Philip 

It was a touching tribute to a much-missed Duke of Edinburgh as the Queen and senior royal women stepped out in Edinburgh Green for Philip’s memorial service.

All wearing the same shade, the monarch, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Princess Royal sat in the front row of royal seats in Westminster Abbey, united in remembrance of Philip.

The duke’s official dark green livery colour was known as Edinburgh Green.

It was used for his staff liveries – the duke’s page at the coronation wore dark green and silver – and private cars.

The monarch’s brooch was another nod to her late husband of more than 70 years.

She chose her yellow gold, ruby and diamond scarab brooch, designed by Andrew Grima, which was a personal gift from Philip in 1966.

Camilla wore her Rifles brooch in recognition of the moment when her father-in-law handed over his role as colonel-in-chief of the regiment to her in 2020.

Others in the congregation also wore dark green, including Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holder Doyin Sonibare, who delivered a special tribute about the effect Philip’s youth scheme had on her life.

The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a high-necked black dress with white polka dots and a textured wide-brimmed black hat.

The Right Reverend David Conner described the duke as a ‘remarkable man’ who was committed to ‘a host of down-to-earth enterprises’. He pointed out that the duke could be ‘abrupt’, and suggested that at times he could forget ‘just how intimidating he could be’. 

Princess Beatrice was seen to give a small chuckle as the Dean remarked: ‘He could be somewhat sharp in pricking what he thought to be bubbles of pomposity or sycophancy.’ But then appeared to break down in tears, covering her face with the order of service.

The Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Princess Royal were all dressed in dark green in a subtle tribute to Philip, whose livery colour was Edinburgh Green. A number of others throughout the congregation also wore the shade, including Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holder Doyin Sonibare who delivered a special tribute about the effect Philip’s youth scheme had on her life. 

After the service the Queen expressed her appreciation for her speech that described the impact Philip’s best remembered charitable project had on her life and career.

Flowers at today’s service are a patriotic red, white and blue, at Her Majesty’s request. They included dendrobium orchids, which also featured in the Queen’s wedding bouquet, and eryngium – or sea holly – echoing the duke’s career in the Royal Navy and lifelong affection for the sea. There were also multiple tributes to his intellect, work ethic, sense of humour and devotion to his family and his country. 

The Duke of York’s prominent role at the Westminster Abbey service – escorting his mother – was the Queen’s way of showing that her second son still has a place at family occasions, according to a royal commentator.

Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt told the PA news agency: ‘It didn’t happen by chance.

‘He could have sat in the congregation with others, with his relatives, but they actively decided that he would have this role of supporting her.

‘So she has chosen, in essence, to remind people that he hasn’t admitted any wrongdoing, he’s not guilty of anything, he’s innocent.

‘And she’s very clearly stating that he has a role at family occasions.’

He went on: ‘It’s one thing to accept that he should attend his father’s memorial service.

‘It’s quite another thing to then give him quite a prominent role, so it was an active choice to give him such a prominent role.’

Mr Hunt said he found it ‘fascinating’, and said: ‘Did William and Charles try to intervene? And clearly if they did then they failed.’

He added: ‘I think you have to start from the basis that Charles and William will have been in the driving seat with the Queen of removing Andrew from public life.

‘Both of them will have been very aware of the risks of Andrew having this role. So either they decided that they could justify it on the basis that it was an event for his father, or they did try to suggest this wasn’t a good idea and the Queen chose not to listen to them.’

Royal commentator Robert Jobson said: ‘It shows she wholeheartedly loves and believes her son.

‘As she did when she made a statement about Camilla being Queen’s Consort, many people will now accept the Queen’s word and judgment.’

She said there was disquiet among senior members of the family, ‘but she insisted.’

He told People: ‘It does make some sense that he accompany her because he doesn’t have a partner. A settlement has been paid but he’s guilty of nothing in the eyes of the law. 

The Queen closed her eyes in prayer as she joined senior royals to pay tribute to Prince Philip at his memorial at Westminster Abbey

The Queen was tearful as she attended the memorial service at Westminster Abbey today for her late husband Prince Philip

The Queen closed her eyes in prayer as she joined senior royals to pay tribute to Prince Philip at his memorial at Westminster Abbey. When she opened her eyes they appeared moist

‘She has faith in Andrew. Even if he disappears from public life, he’s been able to pay tribute to his father, who after all, was very proud of his service in the Royal Navy, where he fought in the Falkland Islands conflict’.

Her Majesty had arrived at the side door of the church, allowing her to walk a shorter distance from Poets’ Corner to the front where she was surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She stood at various points in the service, despite her own admission recently that she is struggling to move. 

Westminster Abbey was completely packed today to celebrate the 99-year life of Prince Philip as Her Majesty battled mobility issues and fought off covid to be there to say goodbye to her husband after 73 years of marriage. 

The event, attended by most of the Duke of Edinburgh’s family and many of Europe’s most senior royals, is in the starkest of contrasts to his pared back funeral at Windsor last April when Her Majesty said goodbye to her strength and stay after 73 years of marriage. 

The Queen finally decided to attend today’s service in Central London around two hours before but the coverage of the Service of Thanksgiving was dominated by her extraordinary decision to travel with her disgraced son Prince Andrew from Windsor Castle to Central London.    

Her Majesty was determined to be amongst the 1,800 guests despite the 95-year-old’s mobility problems that have prevented her doing a major public engagement away from Windsor Castle in nearly six months. The Tindalls were the first close family to arrive, followed Princess Anne, the Wessexes, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla and then the Cambridges, who were with their children George and Charlotte. The Queen was the last to arrive with Andrew.

It was a move that royal watchers believe may have upset her son Prince Charles and grandson Prince William – both instrumental in the decision to take away the Duke of York’s ‘HRH’.   

The Queen chose her second son to join her in the back of her royal car for the 22-mile journey and he was also given a front row in the church, right next to his other siblings at the service just weeks after he paid millions to one of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex slaves, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who accused him of having sex with her three times when she was trafficked to London aged 17. 

Despite her frailty, Queen Elizabeth II stands during a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey today

Despite her frailty, Queen Elizabeth II stands during a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey today

Zara, Mia Grace and Mike Tindall depart hand-in-hand following the Memorial Service For The Duke Of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey today

Zara, Mia Grace and Mike Tindall depart hand-in-hand following the Memorial Service For The Duke Of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey today 

The Queen’s state limousine arrived at Poets’ Yard entrance with Andrew sat beside her. As they walked through the famous section of the abbey towards her seat, in a small procession, the monarch held onto her son’s elbow with her left hand and had a walking stick in her right.

They walked at a slow but steady pace both looking ahead, and at the end of the aisle they separated – with Andrew giving a last glance to his mother as she turned right. After the first hymn, Charles, who was sat next to her mother, could be seen leaning over to speak to the Queen seated next to him – but it is not clear what was said. The Queen then delved into her black Launer handbag for her glasses to read the order of service. 

After the 40 minute service, Her Majesty was escorted out of the abbey by the Duke of York. As the monarch stopped to greet Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holder Doyin Sonibare, Andrew stood back and at one point broke into a smile. 

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were the first to leave Westminster Abbey alongside the abbey’s chapter. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge followed. All four royals waved at the crowd outside as they were driven away in black cars. 

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