Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Queen Elizabeth attends memorial service for Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth II has shrugged off recent health issues to attend a service of thanksgiving for her beloved husband, Prince Philip.
She entered the cavernous Westminster Abbey through a side door on Tuesday to shorten the distance to her seat.
The monarch entered the church on the arm of her second son, Prince Andrew, then separated from him to walk to her seat alone, easing concerns about “mobility issues” that have limited her public appearances in recent months.
Her choice of escorts will be seen as a vote of support for Andrew after he settled a lawsuit linked to his relationship with the late, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The Queen; her daughter, Princess Anne; and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; were all dressed in dark green, echoing Philip’s livery colour of Edinburgh Green.
Also wearing green was Doyin Sonibare, 28, who won top honours from the Duke of Edinburgh Award, created by Philip to teach young people confidence and life skills through outdoor activities and community service.
Ms Sonibare delivered the primary tribute to Philip, thanking him for creating a program that gave her the tools she needed to get her first job, go on to university and now study for a PhD in sickle cell research.
The 95-year-old monarch was deeply involved in planning the event, but she has experienced unspecified mobility issues in recent weeks and her presence at the event was unclear.
Elizabeth, who recently recovered from COVID-19, didn’t go to a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey earlier this month, though she continued with other scheduled engagements.
The 95-year-old monarch was deeply involved in planning the service, which included hymns and tributes from the charities Philip supported. Such touches weren’t permitted during his funeral last year due to pandemic control measures.
About 1800 family members and guests attended the memorial.
Only 30 people attended last year’s funeral, conducted under the strict COVID-19 lockdown rules then in place that forced the Queen to sit alone wearing a black mask as she mourned the loss of her husband, who she called her rock.
Philip died on April 9 last year, at age 99.

Latest news

How’s thaatttt ! Minister XI vs High Commissioner XI Community Cricket Match

By Fiji Times Team Sydneysiders attended one-of-a-kind Minister XI vs High Commissioner XI Community Cricket Match organised by Australian-Indian Sports Educational and Cultural Society (AISECS,...

Masks may be back as COVID-19, flu surge across Australia

Doctors are pushing for indoor mask mandates to be introduced as COVID-19 numbers surge in several Australian states. Earlier this week Australian Medical Association (AMA) president...

NSW mayor stabbed in violent home invasion

An NSW mayor is in hospital after a group of intruders forced their way into his house and stabbed him. Police were told five to six men broke...

Plastic bag ban in NSW from June 1

New South Wales will from next month join the rest of Australia in banning single use plastic bags - with more bans to come later...

Related news

How’s thaatttt ! Minister XI vs High Commissioner XI Community Cricket Match

By Fiji Times Team Sydneysiders attended one-of-a-kind Minister XI vs High Commissioner XI Community Cricket Match organised by Australian-Indian Sports Educational and Cultural Society (AISECS,...
MUST READ  Queen Elizabeth II tests Covid positive; Prince Charles, wife had tested positive few days before

Masks may be back as COVID-19, flu surge across Australia

Doctors are pushing for indoor mask mandates to be introduced as COVID-19 numbers surge in several Australian states. Earlier this week Australian Medical Association (AMA) president...

NSW mayor stabbed in violent home invasion

An NSW mayor is in hospital after a group of intruders forced their way into his house and stabbed him. Police were told five to six men broke...

Plastic bag ban in NSW from June 1

New South Wales will from next month join the rest of Australia in banning single use plastic bags - with more bans to come later...

DC defeat Punjab Kings, Capitals in top four now

DC spinners Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav delivered in the middle overs as Shardul  Thakur alone complemented the duo with 4 wickets as Delhi...

Ukrainian soldiers claim reaching Russian Border; UK Intel says Russian army losing steam

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence has released an update on the situation in Ukraine where it has stated that Russian forces have suffered...

Chief Secretaries’ meet likely to be held at Dharamshala in June

Chief Executive officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant called on Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur in Shimla on Monday. Discussions were held about organizing...

LABOR CARES FOR THE ELDERLY SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY IN NSW

An Albanese Labor Government will help deliver better aged care services for the South Asian community in New South Wales by investing in aged...