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The Queen has been pictured heading towards Prince Philip's memorial service with Prince Andrew amid rumours that she may cancel due to having mobility problems.
Members of the Royal Family, more than 30 foreign royals, the Duke’s wider family and friends, and 500 representatives from his patronages and charities have gathered at Westminster Abbey to celebrate his life.
The thanksgiving service was cut down to a relatively brief 50 minutes and has been described as a "tightly managed no thrills affair".
A source speaking the Sun previously suggested that Buckingham Palace officials were trying to find a way of getting the 95-year-old Queen into Westminster Abbey without being seen.
The Monarch recently recovered from Covid, which Prince Charles and Camilla also tested positive for.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have decided not to fly back to the UK for the thanksgiving event.
According to a royal expert, the Queen “knows” Prince Philip would be “angry and disappointed” that the Duke of Sussex has not attended.
Ingrid Seward, author of Prince Philip Revealed, A man of his Century , believes Her Majesty is determined to attend despite recent mobility issues.
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She told the Daily Mirror : "Even someone as unassuming as the Queen might have expected some better luck during the culmination of her 70-year reign. Instead, she has had nothing but trouble.
“She knows he would expect it as much as she knows he would be angry and disappointed Prince Harry has chosen not to go."
The Duke was reportedly originally planning to attend but pulled out over rows about his security in the UK.
Prince Andrew is also in attendance at the memorial in his first public appearance since his out-of-court settlement with Virginia Giuffre last month.
He previously attended his father's funeral in April 2021.
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The decision regarding Andrew’s attendance was understood to depend on whether she considered the service a family event or an official engagement.
The potential for Andrew's appearance to detract from the occasion was also considered.
The Westminster Abbey event is focusing on the Duke of Edinburgh's dedication to “family, nation and Commonwealth”, his contribution to public life and his steadfast support to his charities, Buckingham Palace previously said.
- Meghan Markle
- Prince Andrew
- Prince Charles
- Prince Harry
- Prince Philip
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