Heartbreaking Moment for Queen Elizabeth as Prince Philip's Throne Left Empty During Speech
Heartbreaking Moment for the Queen of United Kingdom as Prince Philip's Throne Left Empty During Speech.
After the funeral of Prince Philip, his wife Queen Elizabeth carried out her first major engagement on opening a new season of Parliament. Her Majesty sat alone on a Throne in the House of Lords in a poignant moment.
Whenever Queen Elizabeth delivered her speech, her late husband has accompanied her for decades and had typically been seated beside her in the Consort's Throne. However, in recent years, her oldest son, Prince Charles, occupied the Consort's Throne alongside his mother.
Queen Elizabeth carried out her first major engagement on opening a new season of Parliament after her husband Prince Philip's funeral.
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According to PEOPLE, the Queen attended the State Opening of Parliament in Westminister accompanied by her son Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. During the State, Opening Queen dressed in a lavender-colored day dress and matching hat rather than the full ceremonial dress and crown, with the Imperial State Crown signifying the regalia of the Head of State.
Though Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived separately from the Queen, Charles did not sit beside his mother during the formal ceremony at the House of Parliament. Instead, they were seated several feet away when the Queen delivered a speech setting out the government's legislative plans.
Although Philip's passed away on April 9, the Queen has been continuing her official duties, which marked the monarch's first official appearance in public her role as head of state. The longest-serving consort to a British sovereign, Philip died peacefully at Windsor Castle on April 9.
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth married in 1947. A former naval officer, Philip supported her Majesty on royal engagements and attending thousands of solo appearances. Before retiring from public duties, Philip supported several philanthropic endeavors and was associated with around 800 organizations.
On April 17, to lay their patriarch to rest, all the members of the British royal family came together. In comparison to traditional royal funerals, Philip's funeral service was a scaled-back affair.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the smaller nature of the ceremony was conducted, but it had been Philip's wish to have a smaller funeral. After his death, his grandson, Prince Harry, reunited with the rest of his family, as he had been in the United States with his pregnant wife Meghan Markle for the past year.
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