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.
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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
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 (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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
OTHER NOTABLE ATTENDEES
Princess Beatrice 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 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 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
Jack Brooksbank 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 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.
Margarita Armstrong-Jones 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; Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester and Edward, Duke of Kent were also seated just a few rows behind the Queen.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the Abbey with two of their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte
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
This morning, 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.
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.
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 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.
Despite her frailty, Queen Elizabeth II stands during a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey today
The Tindalls were the first close family to arrive, followed by 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.
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.