Queen's tears for Prince Philip as she pays final tribute to late husband breaks Internet hearts
At Prince Philip's funeral ceremony, tearful Queen Elizabeth said her last goodbyes to her beloved husband, marking her first public appearance in five months.
Members of the British royal family met on Tuesday (March 29) to honor Prince Philip, who died over a year ago at the age of 99. At Westminster Abbey, Queen Elizabeth led the royal family in a Thanksgiving Service for Philip, her 70-year-old husband. The Queen looked emotional and teary as she paid her final respects to her beloved husband Prince Philip at his memorial service. For the ceremony of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, the monarch was joined by members of the royal family, parliamentarians, foreign royals, and representatives from the Duke of Edinburgh's charities.
According to Buckingham Palace, the queen was 'actively involved' in preparing this ceremony for her husband. According to the palace, the ceremony was held to "pay tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh's contribution to public life and steadfast support for the over 700 charitable organizations with which His Royal Highness was associated throughout his life." The Queen entered the abbey arm in arm with her son Prince Andrew before taking a place in the first row next to Prince Charles and Camilla. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sat in the row behind them, together with their two oldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as they listened to tributes to the late Duke, who died in April of last year.
The Queen wore a green outfit to the service, accessorizing with a ruby and diamond brooch. This particular brooch is said to have been given to the Queen by Philip in 1966. Many eagle-eyed observers claimed they saw the Queen drop a tear for her beloved husband throughout the service, which was aired on television. One user wrote on Twitter, “all the royals are gathered to remember a man who dedicated his life to service. Seeing tears in the Queen’s eyes broke my heart.” “The Queen was crying 😭 My heart breaks for her 💔” another user added.
Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family attend the Thanksgiving Service for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He was the longest serving Prince Consort for a British monarch and The Queen's beloved husband for over seven decades. @RoyalFamily @wabbey pic.twitter.com/xjVvfR48xu— BBC Studios Events Productions (@BBCS_Events) March 29, 2022
All the royals are gathered to remember a man who dedicated his life to service. Seeing tears in the Queen’s eyes broke my heart— Carolyn Redfern (@oceanicitl) March 29, 2022
And Prince Harry & MeAgain couldn’t be bothered to show up
RIP Prince Phillip #PrincePhilip
The Queen was crying 😭 My heart breaks for her 💔— Ella (@ellaineurope) March 29, 2022
"Grief is the price we pay for love" 🖤#PrincePhilip
According to Daily Mail, during a reading, the Queen was spotted wiping her face with a tissue. The Queen was visibly moved as she stood and heard the congregation sing ‘God Save the Queen’ at the conclusion of the service. Princess Beatrice, her granddaughter, was also spotted crying and covering her face with her order of service. Earlier, the 95-year-old monarch has been battling health issues in recent months, including COVID-19 and a brief hospitalization for 'preliminary investigations' according to Buckingham Palace, so her presence was all the more significant. Meanwhile, Prince Harry, who stepped down from his royal job in 2020 and now lives in California with his wife, Meghan, and their two children, was noticeably absent from the event. Earlier this month, a representative for Harry, Duke of Sussex, announced that he would not be attending.