Queen Elizabeth II Shares Special Memory Of Prince Philip In Sweet Message
May 04, 2021 by apost team
On April 17, 2021, Philip's funeral was a quiet affair, with only 30 people in attendance due to the coronavirus restrictions. Generally, a man of Philips's stature would have received a state funeral with a minimum of 800 people in attendance, but this could not happen due to the ongoing pandemic. The guestlist of 30 people comprised the closest royal family members, which naturally included all Philip's children and many of his grandchildren.
Philip's passing ended his reign as the longest-serving royal spouse, having served alongside Queen Elizabeth II for 65 years and married to the monarch for 73 years in total. His singular and incredible life continues to be remembered and celebrated by his family.
Not only did the queen have to deal with Prince Philip's passing, but just a few weeks after, on April 21, she also celebrated her 95th birthday. The birthday was a bittersweet moment, as Elizabeth was solidified as the fourth-longest reigning monarch, but this was also the queen's very first birthday without her husband.
Now that the queen is getting back to her royal duties, she has been writing thank you cards and even doing online Zoom engagements. Most recently, the queen has released a statement in honor of Northern Ireland's centenary in which she remembers her time there with Prince Philip. Since the country's devolution was in 1921, the queen's message serves to honor the 100 year anniversary while also including her own personal touch.
Read on to learn what exactly was included in the queen's sweet reminiscence about her late husband in the statement.
On April 9, 2021, Prince Philip died and was laid to rest in the Royal Vault at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, April 17, 2021. The late prince was buried alongside former kings of England and other royals, the Associated Press reported. Images from inside the funeral, where only a select group of 30 people could attend due to coronavirus restrictions, showed Elizabeth sitting alone in the chapel. The queen was said to be heartbroken after losing her "strength and stay."
Queen Elizabeth celebrated her birthday without her beloved husband, Prince Philip, for the first time in her nearly seven-decade reign. She turned 95 years old on April 21, 2021, and this year's celebration was small, with a "quiet lunch," as reported by The Telegraph. Her Majesty spent the day at Windsor surrounded by her staff of 20, who have been dubbed "HMS Bubble."
An official stated the royal family was observing two weeks of so-called royal mourning, which began after Prince Philip passed away on April 9. It was no doubt a mournful birthday for the queen made even more somber by the current global situation. Usually honored with a gun salute, this year's celebration was much more lowkey considering the circumstances. June's Trooping the Colour event was also canceled, marking only the third time in her reign that the parade hasn't taken place.
Philip's passing marked the end of an era in the royal family. The stalwart partnership of Elizabeth and Philip was, in many, the face of an enduring and strong royal family, and without Philip by the queen's side, there is a deep sense of loss for the family members and the nation.
While Queen Elizabeth II has resumed work after her husband Philip's death, many royal experts believe that she may slowly but surely relegate the main duties to Prince Charles and Prince William and take a step back. However, now that the mourning period is over, the queen is back to work. Most recently, the queen released a statement to celebrate the Government of Ireland Act that made Northern Ireland a separate entity as a part of devolution in 1921. While marking the 100-year anniversary, the queen looked back on fond memories that she had with Prince Philip in Northern Ireland.
The queen started the statement by talking about the good qualities in Northern Ireland. She wrote, "It is clear that reconciliation, equality and mutual understanding cannot be taken for granted, and will require sustained fortitude and commitment."
To strengthen her statement, she talked about her own time in Northern Ireland as she wrote, "During my many visits to Northern Ireland, I have seen these qualities in abundance, and look forward to seeing them again on future occasions. I also wish to recognise the important contribution made by our friends and closest neighbours towards the success of Northern Ireland."
Then the queen remembered her late husband, Prince Philip:
"I look back with fondness on the visit Prince Philip and I paid to Ireland, 10 years ago this month. I treasure my many memories, and the spirit of goodwill I saw at first hand."
The statement concluded with "Elizabeth R." The feeling of the queen looking fondly on memories with her late husband came through strongly in the statement. Perhaps the queen will continue to look back on memories with the late Philip in future statements as well.Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip (2011), (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
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