The Queen’s tears for Prince Philip as Andrew returns to the spotlight
The Queen battled health and mobility issues to be there for Prince Philip, but her decision to have Prince Andrew shamed by her side caused astonishment and shock.
The effort it must have taken from the 95-year-old widow, who stood cautiously with her cane for all hymns and prayers, could be seen in a fleeting moment of stoicism, in her watery eyes and lost expression.
For a moment, uncharacteristically, she just looked deflated, defeated. Behind closed doors, there must have been times when she felt just that.
The Queen battled health and mobility issues to be there for Prince Philip, using every ounce of energy and sheer willpower she could muster to say a final goodbye to the love of her life.
The man she called her was devoted to “strength and perseverance”, the husband who supported her, without complaining, always one step back, for 73 years.
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But it was her decision to shame Prince Andrew alongside her in the service of thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh that caused astonishment and shock.
Despite stepping back from public life and just three weeks after paying alleged millions to settle a civil sexual assault case, Prince Andrew took center stage at the service at Westminster Abbey.
While some have suggested the Queen’s decision may have been purely practical, or simply a mother’s natural wish for comfort on a difficult day from her favorite son, it was hard not to. see an endorsement.
Of course, he did not admit wrongdoing, but his attitude and the treatment of his accuser were widely condemned. It was not confirmed until the morning whether the monarch would attend, almost a year after the duke’s strictly curtailed and Covid-secured funeral last April.
When she arrived, it was through a side door near Poets’ Corner, walking a short distance holding her disgraced son’s elbow with her left hand.
Using a cane as the congregation of 1,800 sang Monk’s Gate, she then left Andrew’s side to make her way with a faint smile, gingerly, to her seat, padded with an extra cushion.
The moment proved heartbreaking for her granddaughter, Princess Beatrice. The mum-of-one, 33, couldn’t hold back the tears. Stripped of his titles, this is believed to be Andrew’s last official outing as a member of the Royal Family.
He was in the front row next to his younger brother, the Earl of Wessex.
The Queen sat next to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Abuse survivors reacted angrily to Andrew’s notoriety and the Queen’s apparent support.
Sammy Woodhouse, victim of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, said: ‘There is no thought for the survivors here.
The 40-minute service gave thanks for the life and work of the Duke, who died aged 99 in Windsor with the Queen by his side on April 9.
There were also Prime Minister Boris Johnson, opposition leader Keir Starmer and members of the royal family, including Prince Albert of Monaco, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, as well as the King of Spain Felipe VI and Queen Letizia.