Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie today supported each other at a Service of Thanksgiving in memory of their grandfather Prince Philip today.
The sisters were joined by their husbands as they arrived at Westminster Abbey for the tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who was age 99 when he died last April.
Princess Eugenie, 32, who was comforted by husband Jack Brooksbank, 35, cut a stylish figure in a floral midi dress by British fashion designer Erdem worth £1,695.
She teamed the look with a cropped black jacket and matching headband that swept her hair off her face.
Princess Beatrice, 33, stepped out in a burgundy dress with coordinating heels and a black coat, alongside her polished husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38.
Princess Beatrice, 33, walked close by husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, as they left the the Service of Thanksgiving in memory of Prince Philip alongside Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
Princess Eugenie,32, and husband Jack Brooksbank , 35, had arrived at the Service of Thanksgiving in memory of Prince Philip alongside Princess Beatrice, 33, and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38
Princess Beatrice looked stylish in a burgundy dress and coordinating heels, alongside her dapper husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, as they entered Westminster Abbey
Princess Beatrice teamed Nonoo Lyons ‘Beatrice’ coat with a dress from The Kooples, Gianvito Rossi ‘Lorraine’ pumps and a ‘Mildred’ hat from Justine-Bradley-Hill Millinery
Princess Eugenie cut a stylish figure in a floral midi dress by British fashion designer Erdem worth £1,695 as she followed behind her sister
Princess Beatrice was in floods of tears as the event began, reaching into her handbag for a tissue and at one stage covering her face with a service sheet to hide her tears
The mother-of-one became visibly emotional as she stood alongside her cousin Prince William for the song service
Princess Eugenie looked sombre as she joined the congregation in singing as part of the tribute to her grandfather
The mother-of-one appeared to be wearing minimal makeup but wore her hair in loose curls for understated glamour.
She appeared visibly emotional as she stood beside Prince William during the service and was seen covering her face with the order of service booklet.
In floods of tears, Beatrice reached into her handbag for a tissue.
Meanwhile, Eugenie stood on the other side of their cousin with a sombre expression as she attempted to join the congregation with singing.
They sat behind the Queen, Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Anne at the service that was packed with European royals among attendees.
Princess Beatrice opted for unstated glamour with her hair styled in loose curls and a pink lipstick to compliment her subtle makeup
Princess Eugenie appeared visibly emotional while entering the service of thanksgiving at Westminster alongside her sister
Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrived to the packed service that had European royals among attendees
Prince Philip, who was seen as the patriarch of the family, showed support for his granddaughters by attending both of their weddings.
Despite having officially retired in August 2017, he made a rare public appearance at Beatrice’s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in 2020.
Eugenie was gifted artwork of flowers that Prince Philip had spent time painting when she married Jack Brooksbank two years earlier.
The couple showed their gratitude to him when they welcomed their son in February 2021 at London’s Portland Hospital.
Princess Beatrice smiled while entering the memorial supported by her sister and husband
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi appeared to be comforting wife Beatrice before they entered Westminster Abbey
Princess Eugenie looked emotional as she left the service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey
Princess Beatrice and Eugenie spoke fondly about Prince Philip in an ITV documentary, revealing they feel ‘very lucky’ to have many memories with him
Princess Beatrice remained teary as she greeted others who attended the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey
The sisters looked sombre as they stepped out of the Service of Thanksgiving alongside their husbands
Princess Eugenie put on a bold smile as she met with others who attended the service in tribute to Prince Philip
Princess Beatrice wore subtle makeup with a pink lipstick and light blusher, while bringing attention to her eyes with a black eyeliner
Eugenie explained that the name August Philip Hawke Brooksbank was chosen as a tribute to Queen Victoria’s Husband Prince Albert, whose birth name was Franz Albert August Karl Emanuel, as well as Prince Philip, who at the time was in hospital.
Over the years Prince Philip has been a mentor for the younger royals, with Princess Eugenie describing him as ‘the rock’ of the family in the 2016 ITV documentary Our Queen at Ninety.
Beatrice added that she felt ‘very lucky’ to have created many memories with her grandfather.
In a virtual event shortly before his death, she revealed his influence on her life, saying: ‘One of the things that I’ve always been inspired by is keeping your curiosity and don’t be afraid to un-think and un-learn.
Prince Philip appeared in good spirits alongside the Queen when they attended Prince Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding in 2018 (pictured)
‘But also don’t feel like you have to have all the answers yourself, one of the things that has always helped me, and this actually is inspired by my grandfather, whose turning 100 this year, but you kind of become obsessed with solving the problem, don’t become obsessed with the solution.
‘Because your route to actually finding a way to get through that problem will be different and the path will be different, and it might twist and turn.
‘So don’t be disheartened if your first path is not the one you think you have to stick to. Keep focusing on what you’re trying to achieve and you’ll get there.’
Unfortunately Prince Philip didn’t have the opportunity to meet Beatrice’s daughter Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi, who was born in September 2021.
Sienna is the Queen’s 12th great-grandchild and currently 11th in line to the throne, followed by Princess Eugenie.
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice have often been spotted alongside their grandfather at family gatherings. Pictured: Philip with his granddaughters at Epsom Racecourse
Beatrice and Eugenie have been all smiles in photos taken alongside Prince Philip throughout the years -including Trooping The Colour and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson were among the 30 people invited to Prince Philip’s funeral at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Originally there was going to be 800 mourners from across the Duke of Edinburgh’s military units, charities and associates from across the Commonwealth but the amount had to be cut due to the coronavirus restrictions in place across England.
Beatrice and Eugenie traveled by car to St George’s Chapel, accompanied by their husbands, while their father Prince Andrew joined the procession of senior royals walking behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin.
Beatrice and Eugenie were joined by their husbands at Prince Philip’s funeral at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in April 2021
Beatrice donned a long collared jacket and a round hat embellished with a large black bow.
Meanwhile, younger sister Eugenie stepped out with her brunette tresses in a natural wave across her shoulders and donned a £5,690 Franz Knotted Trench coat, by Gabriela Hearst.
She and husband Jack stood nearby Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi inside the chapel, alongside their teary cousin Zara Tindall and her husband Mike, with all the pairs following social distancing guidelines.
Eugenie took to Instagram to share a tribute to her grandfather ahead of the service.
The mother-of-one said that she ‘would remember learning how to cook, how to paint, what to read’ as well as her grandfather’s ‘favourite beer’ and BBQing ability.
Princess Eugenie has used social media to pay multiple tributes to her grandfather since his death. Pictured: Eugenie and Lady Louise Windsor with Prince Philip
Eugenie wrote: ‘Dearest Grandpa, we all miss you. You would be so touched by all the tributes that have been shared with me the past few days.
’People remember sitting next to you at a dinner, or shaking your hand once, who remember you saying hello in passing, or remember how much their DofE award meant to them.
’I remember learning how to cook, how to paint, what to read. I remember laughing at your jokes and asking about your spectacular life and service in the navy.
‘I remember incinerating the sausages and you swooping in to save the day.
‘I remember your hands and your laugh and your favourite beer.
’I will remember you in your children, your grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Princess Eugenie shared a photo of herself as a child alongside Prince Philip (pictured), promising to look after her grandmother the Queen
‘Thank you for your dedication and love for us all and especially Granny, who we will look after for you. ’
She signed off: ‘With all my love, Eugenie.’
The royal shared two images alongside the emotional post, including one alongside sister Princess Beatrice on The Royal Balcony At The Investec Derby Festival At Epsom In Surrey in 2017.
She took to social media to mark what would’ve been his 100th birthday two months later, writing candidly: ‘Thinking of Grandpa on what would have been his 100th birthday.’
Queen sheds a tear for beloved Philip: Emotional monarch wears green in tribute to late husband at Westminster Abbey memorial attended by Kate, Wills, Charles and Camilla… a year after sitting alone at his funeral at height of the pandemic
- Queen had symbolically chosen to be accompanied by her son Prince Andrew despite the Epstein scandal
- Her Majesty arrived via Poets Corner for a shorter walk to her seat. She used a stick and Andrew’s elbow
- Monarch, 95, leant on her son on leaving and travelled back to Windsor Castle with him after poignant service
- She was determined to travel to London to mark long and productive life of husband of 73-years Prince Philip
- Today is monarch’s first major public engagement away from Windsor Castle in nearly six months
- Royal aides say monarch has been ‘actively involved’ in plans for the service at Westminster Abbey
- Prince Andrew attended with his mother but Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not returning from US
The Queen shed a tear for Prince Philip at an extraordinary service in remembrance of his remarkable life of service to Britain and his wife today.
Her Majesty stood in Westminster Abbey where she had personally ensured her beloved husband’s final wishes were fulfilled after his covid-hit funeral left her sat alone without the rousing hymns and guests he loved so much.
The 95-year-old monarch used a stick as she was walked to her seat by her disgraced son the Duke of York to give her ‘strength and stay’ Philip the final farewell he had wanted. The service was attended by the Royal Family and his relatives, friends and people who benefitted from his charities. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were the only senior royals not there.
Despite battling mobility problems, she stood to pray and sing anthems during a 40-minute service that her husband of 73 years had helped plan for before his death last April. But in a controversial decision she chose Prince Andrew to support her as she arrived and left the church, clutching his elbow with one hand and a walking stick with the other.
The Queen had stood with tears in her eyes as the 1,800-strong congregation sang Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer before the bells of Westminster Abbey rang out to mark the end of the memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh.
After she leant on Andrew as she walked back out of the church, the Queen appeared to grimace as she walked to the car hunched over with the Duke of York at her side guiding her towards the Bentley.
She appeared to be holding tightly to her stick and appeared to be making a great effort to get to the vehicle, concentrating very hard in taking each step. Once inside the car she appeared to be back to her normal composed self as the car slowly drove away. She waved to onlookers as she arrived and left the service.
The Queen and the packed abbey had listened as the Dean of Windsor paid tribute to Philip’s intellect, work ethic, sense of humour and devotion to his family.
The Right Reverend David Conner described the duke as a ‘remarkable man’ who was committed to ‘a host of down-to-earth enterprises’. He pointed out that the duke could be ‘abrupt’, and suggested that at times he could forget ‘just how intimidating he could be’.
Princess Beatrice was seen to give a small chuckle as the Dean remarked: ‘He could be somewhat sharp in pricking what he thought to be bubbles of pomposity or sycophancy.’ But then appeared to break down in tears, covering her face with the order of service.
The Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Princess Royal were all dressed in dark green in a subtle tribute to Philip, whose livery colour was Edinburgh Green. A number of others throughout the congregation also wore the shade, including Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holder Doyin Sonibare who delivered a special tribute about the effect Philip’s youth scheme had on her life.
Flowers at today’s service are a patriotic red, white and blue, at Her Majesty’s request. They included dendrobium orchids, which also featured in the Queen’s wedding bouquet, and eryngium – or sea holly – echoing the duke’s career in the Royal Navy and lifelong affection for the sea. There were also multiple tributes to his intellect, work ethic, sense of humour and devotion to his family and his country.
The Queen stood and shed a tear for her husband today at an extraordinary service in remembrance of his life
The Queen closed her eyes in prayer as she joined senior royals to pay tribute to Prince Philip at his memorial at Westminster Abbey. When she opened her eyes they appeared moist
Her Majesty stands to sing surrounded by her family with the Duke of York also on the front row.From left to right, front row: Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn. (Second row left to right) The Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, the Duchess of Cambridge, Peter Phillips, Isla Phillips, Savannah Phillips, Mia Tindall, Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall
Princess Beatrice was overwhelmed by the service. Stood behind the Queen she cried and covered her face with the order of service as her grandmother removed her glasses
Her Majesty walked with the help of a stick but stood without support sat next to Charles, Camilla, Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence. Across the aisle was Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew travelled with the Queen to Westminster Abbey and appeared to escort her to her seat before taking his own
Prince Andrew was sat next to Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex during today’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey
Queen Elizabeth II is helped into her car by her son Prince Andrew, right, after attending a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip
She spoke to her son inside the car and waved to the crowds outside the service in London, which ended this afternoon
The Queen as she left Westminster Abbey in her Rolls-Royce today, wearing a regal purple and golden brooch
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who last month agreed to settle his sex assault lawsuit, left the service in a car with his mother the Queen
A sombre Prince Charles leaves the church with his wife Camilla, who also looked moved by the celebration of Prince Philip’s life
Charles was seen wiping his eyes at the service where he could say goodbye to his father after a pared back funeral last year. Prince Andrew looked serious as he waited to leave with his mother
Prince William rests a hand on the back of his son Prince George, at the end of the memorial service for Prince Philip
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the Abbey with two of their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte
The Cambridges departing the Service of Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey
The Duchess of Cambridge smiled out of the window of her car as she left the Abbey with Prince William after the service
The Queen sits alone at Philip’s pared-down funeral last April – in stark contrast to today’s celebration. It was one of the defining photos of the pandemic, where many Britons were forced to mourn their loved ones in small ceremonies, sometimes alone
Queen, Camilla and Anne all wear green for their beloved Prince Philip
It was a touching tribute to a much-missed Duke of Edinburgh as the Queen and senior royal women stepped out in Edinburgh Green for Philip’s memorial service.
All wearing the same shade, the monarch, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Princess Royal sat in the front row of royal seats in Westminster Abbey, united in remembrance of Philip.
The duke’s official dark green livery colour was known as Edinburgh Green.
It was used for his staff liveries – the duke’s page at the coronation wore dark green and silver – and private cars.
The monarch’s brooch was another nod to her late husband of more than 70 years.
She chose her yellow gold, ruby and diamond scarab brooch, designed by Andrew Grima, which was a personal gift from Philip in 1966.
Camilla wore her Rifles brooch in recognition of the moment when her father-in-law handed over his role as colonel-in-chief of the regiment to her in 2020.
Others in the congregation also wore dark green, including Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holder Doyin Sonibare, who delivered a special tribute about the effect Philip’s youth scheme had on her life.
The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a high-necked black dress with white polka dots and a textured wide-brimmed black hat.
Her Majesty had arrived at the side door of the church, allowing her to walk a shorter distance from Poets’ Corner to the front where she was surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She stood at various points in the service, despite her own admission recently that she is struggling to move.
Westminster Abbey was completely packed today to celebrate the 99-year life of Prince Philip as Her Majesty battled mobility issues and fought off covid to be there to say goodbye to her husband after 73 years of marriage.
The event, attended by most of the Duke of Edinburgh’s family and many of Europe’s most senior royals, is in the starkest of contrasts to his pared back funeral at Windsor last April when Her Majesty said goodbye to her strength and stay after 73 years of marriage.
The Queen finally decided to attend today’s service in Central London around two hours before but the coverage of the Service of Thanksgiving was dominated by her extraordinary decision to travel with her disgraced son Prince Andrew from Windsor Castle to Central London.
Her Majesty was determined to be amongst the 1,800 guests despite the 95-year-old’s mobility problems that have prevented her doing a major public engagement away from Windsor Castle in nearly six months. The Tindalls were the first close family to arrive, followed Princess Anne, the Wessexes, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla and then the Cambridges, who were with their children George and Charlotte. The Queen was the last to arrive with Andrew.
It was a move that royal watchers believe may have upset her son Prince Charles and grandson Prince William – both instrumental in the decision to take away the Duke of York’s ‘HRH’.
The Queen chose her second son to join her in the back of her royal car for the 22-mile journey and he was also given a front row in the church, right next to his other siblings at the service just weeks after he paid millions to one of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex slaves, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who accused him of having sex with her three times when she was trafficked to London aged 17.
The Queen’s state limousine arrived at Poets’ Yard entrance with Andrew sat beside her. As they walked through the famous section of the abbey towards her seat, in a small procession, the monarch held onto her son’s elbow with her left hand and had a walking stick in her right.
They walked at a slow but steady pace both looking ahead, and at the end of the aisle they separated – with Andrew giving a last glance to his mother as she turned right. After the first hymn, Charles, who was sat next to her mother, could be seen leaning over to speak to the Queen seated next to him – but it is not clear what was said. The Queen then delved into her black Launer handbag for her glasses to read the order of service.
After the 40 minute service, Her Majesty was escorted out of the abbey by the Duke of York. As the monarch stopped to greet Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holder Doyin Sonibare, Andrew stood back and at one point broke into a smile.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were the first to leave Westminster Abbey alongside the abbey’s chapter.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge followed. All four royals waved at the crowd outside as they were driven away in black cars.
Despite her frailty, Queen Elizabeth II stands during a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey today
The congregation takes its place ahead of the service. The Queen made the final decision to attend this morning, hours before she was due to travel the 22 miles from Windsor Castle to Central London. She held Andrew’s elbow
The royal family paying an emotional tribute to Prince Philip at today’s service at Westminster Abbey
Her Majesty listens to the various eulogies to her husband at the Service of Remembrance held almost a year after his funeral
The Queen, 95, fought frailty to be in the church with her family at an event she had helped plan for her husband
The Queen stands for the first hymn at the service in remembrance of her beloved husband Prince Philip
Prince Andrew walked his mother up the aisle after she arrived via a side door rather than the main entrance to shorten the distance
The Queen has been ‘actively involved’ in plans for the service ‘with many elements reflecting Her Majesty’s wishes’
Prince Andrew was sat next to Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex during today’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey
The royals, led by the Queen despite her recent health issues, join the congregation in singing hymns during today’s service
The royals ahead of the service: In the front row are The Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, Princess Anne and Timothy Laurence. The Cambridges are in the second row while Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, along with their husbands, are among the royals in the third row
She left as she arrived, being supported by her son Andrew – reputedly her favourite
The Queen remained seated during the service with aides taking special measures to ensure her comfort after recent heath issues
Princess Charlotte and Prince George sit with the mother the Duchess of Cambridge during today’s service at Westminster Abbey
Prince Charles and Camilla were greeted by clergy as they arrived ahead of today’s service of celebration for Prince Philip
A serious looking Prince William sits down next to his wife, George and Charlotte to say goodbye to his grandfather
The Queen sat beside Andrew, the royal who lost his HRH just weeks ago over his links to Epstein and civil case
Crowds piled outside Westminster Abbey to pay tribute to Prince Philip as the service in his memorial continued
Thousands of supporters gathered outside the Service Of Thanksgiving For The Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey
Today the monarch ensured that her beloved husband’s final wishes are fulfilled after his Covid-hit funeral left her sat alone without the rousing hymns and guests he loved so much. Her Majesty has been ‘actively involved’ in every element of his service of thanksgiving that will see Westminster Abbey packed to the rafters.
Even the smallest of touches have been overseen by the Queen, including the use of orchids that formed part of her 1947 wedding bouquet being used in small posies of flowers.
Prince Philip’s beloved Sea Cadets and young people who have taken his Duke of Edinburgh awards are centre stage at the service that will see the Abbey reverberate with the sound of hymns including Guide me, O thou great Redeemer.
All Prince Philip’s family chose to attend apart from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. On Prince Andrew’s left is his brother the Earl of Wessex and Edward’s family the Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
Across an aisle on his right is the Princess Royal, her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince of Wales and the Queen.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte also attended with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and be sat behind the Queen. Behind Andrew and Edward’s family were Peter Phillips, and Zara and Mike Tindall and their daughters.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s intellect, work ethic, sense of humour and devotion to his family were celebrated in an address by the Dean of Windsor.
The Right Reverend David Conner paid tribute to Philip as a ‘remarkable man’ who was committed to ‘a host of down-to-earth enterprises’.
He pointed out that the duke could be ‘abrupt’ and suggested that at times he could forget ‘just how intimidating he could be’.
Addressing the congregation in Westminster Abbey, Mr Conner said: ‘He was practical, wanting to put flesh upon his dreams, and (acknowledging the limitations of living in this so-called ‘real world’) he devoted his astonishing intellectual and physical energy, his enormous capacity for sheer hard work, to a host of down-to-earth enterprises.
‘These included the equipping of young people to face tomorrow’s challenges, the encouragement of respect and care for the natural order, and his pioneering work in facilitating conversation between representatives of the different world faiths.
‘Through his passionate commitment, he drew others to himself in admiration and respect and, in the case of those who lived and worked most closely to him, genuine love.’
Mr Conner added: ‘He would hate to think that I should paint a picture of him as a ‘plaster saint’; someone without the usual human foibles and failings.
‘He was far too self-aware ever to be taken in by flattery. Of course, it must be said that his life bore the marks of sacrifice and service.
‘Certainly, he could show great sympathy and kindness. There is no doubt that he had a delightfully engaging, and often self-deprecating, sense of humour.
‘It is quite clear that his mind held together both speculation and common sense. Moreover, nobody would ever doubt his loyalty and deep devotion to our Queen and to their family.
‘Yet, there were times when he could be abrupt; maybe, in robust conversation, forgetting just how intimidating he could be.
‘A kind of natural reserve sometimes made him seem a little distant. He could be somewhat sharp in pricking what he thought to be bubbles of pomposity or sycophancy.
‘On the other hand, we should not forget that he himself was sometimes wounded by being unfairly criticised or misunderstood.’
Concluding his address, the dean said: ‘As we give thanks for the life of a remarkable man, perhaps our greatest tribute to him, most especially in these far too troubled times, will be for us to accept the challenge, implicit in his life, to rekindle in our hearts something of that call, and to pray (as I think he did) for the inspiration and the guidance to play our part, however small, in working for a kinder future.
Queen Elizabeth II is driven in to attend a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey
The Cambridges arrived at the church hand in hand with their children Charlotte and George. Louis stayed at home
The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte arrive at today’s service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip
Charles shook hands with the clergy as they entered the church just before Midday
Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends the Thanksgiving service for the Duke Of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey today
Princess Eugenie (left) and Princess Beatrice (right) pictured arriving at a service of thanksgiving for late Prince Philip
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice arriving at the poignant Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip
Peter Phillips with Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips (right) arriving for a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh
Timothy Laurence and Anne, Princess Royal, arriving ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip
Princess Royal arriving for a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh and greeting Duke of Edinburgh award recipients
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrive at Westminster Abbey
Prince Andrew (left) leaves Windsor Castle with the Queen (right) today ahead of the service to remember Prince Philip
The Queen leaves Windsor Castle to travel to Westminster Abbey this morning, with her son Prince Andrew sat on her right
While the Queen’s arrival at Westminster Abbey was mentioned in the order of service, a final decision on her attendance was only confirmed two hours before because of her frailty.
The Princess Royal arrived at Westminster Abbey. Wearing a long green dress and hat, Anne arrived alongside her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
Peter Phillips’ children Savannah and Isla were sitting next to their cousin Mia, daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall. The girls were dressed in navy with their hair fixed back with headbands.
Once inside Westminster Abbey, guests were escorted to their seats, with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands smiling at members of the Abbey’s chapter, or governing body, standing by the great West Door, as they walked in. The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children also smiled warmly at the welcoming clergy.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and her daughter, Lady Louise, smiled and chatted to each other after taking their seats in the Abbey.
The Duke’s family ahead of the service: In the second row is Peter Philips with daughters Savannah and Isla. Next to them is Mia Tindall with parents Zara Philips and Mike Tindall. In the front row are Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex with children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn
The Cambridges arrived shortly after Prince Charles and Camilla ahead of today’s memorial service for Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey
Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey for the memorial service to Prince Philip today. She was joined by Prince William and her children George and Charlotte
The Tindalls were the first senior British royals to arrive, holding one of their daughter Mia’s hands
Lady Louise Windsor arriving at the Westminster Abbey service for Prince Philip today. The Service will pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh’s contribution to public life and steadfast support for the over 700 charitable organisations
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex attends the Thanksgiving service for the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey today
Peter Phillips attended the service with his children Savannah and Isla
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice file into the main church
Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent attend the memorial service for the Duke Of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey
The Queen leaves Windsor Castle in a car this morning with her disgraced son Prince Andrew to travel to London
Prince Andrew (left) leaves Windsor Castle with the Queen (right) this morning ahead of the service of thanksgiving for Philip
A graphic shows the plan for the service to remember Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey taking place this morning
Lady Susan Hussey, the Queen’s lady-in-waiting, arrives with her foot in a brace and on crutches at Westminster Abbey today
Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma arrives at Westminster Abbey for the service this morning
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick (left) and Formula One driver Sir Jackie Stewart (right) arrive today
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (left) and Home Secretary Priti Patel (right) arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning
Guests walk into Westminster Abbey and take their seats ahead of this morning’s service to remember Prince Philip
Chancellor Rishi Sunak (left) and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (right) at Westminster Abbey today
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (left) and Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England (right), arrive this morning
Guests arrive for Prince Philip’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey in London this morning
Guests arrive for Prince Philip’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey in London this morning
Members of the congregation queue at Westminster Abbey today ahead of the service of thanksgiving for the life of Philip
Guests arrive to attend the service of thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey this morning
Earlier today, royal commentator Robert Jobson, author of Prince Philip’s Century, told GB News: ‘I think that Prince Andrew may play a more prominent role than we think earlier on. My understanding is that someone has to support the Queen and he may well be by her side. I think Charles will probably be with Camilla.’
Overnight, royal aides revealed the Queen has been ‘actively involved’ in plans for the service ‘with many elements reflecting Her Majesty’s wishes’ as the order of service was unveiled at midnight.
It includes several elements the Duke had planned for his funeral at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in April last year but which were forbidden by Covid restrictions at the time.
Among them is the involvement of Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) gold award winners and Sea Cadets, his expressed wish for the congregation to sing the rousing hymn Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer, and for clergy from the royal estates of Windsor, Sandringham and Balmoral to play a special part.
His funeral at St George’s Chapel in Windsor was limited to just 30 mourners in the midst of the pandemic and mass singing was banned, with the Queen sitting alone in a mask.
Around 1,800 guests are due at today’s service, including British and European royalty, representatives of the many charities of which the duke was patron or president, Boris and Carrie Johnson, and Sir David Attenborough.
Prince Harry faces ‘lifetime of regret’ for missing memorial to his beloved grandfather
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle could ‘regret’ not attending the memorial service for his grandfather Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey today – and the Queen is likely to be ‘very upset’ but cannot change his mind, royal experts say.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to remain at home in Montecito, California, while the rest of the Royal Family gather in London for the poignant event.
Harry last returned to the UK eight months ago to unveil the statue of his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales in London on July 1 with his brother Prince William.
The Duke – one of the Queen and Philip’s eight grandchildren – is the only top-level royal not attending today’s service which was organised by the monarch.
Royal author Phil Dampier told MailOnline: ‘It’s very sad that Harry and Meghan won’t be at Prince Philip’s memorial service and I think one day Harry might regret it. He has said that he doesn’t feel safe without Scotland Yard security but to me that sounds like an excuse not to come back to the UK and indicates the rift with his blood family is still bad.
‘Harry was always very fond of his grandfather and was deeply honoured when he took over from him as Captain General of the Royal Marines, but sadly that didn’t last long. The pair attended some Remembrance Day events together and there was always a rapport between them, both being serving military men who had seen active service.’
Mr Dampier said that Harry ‘loved’ Philip’s sense of humour and praised him in interviews, adding that this makes his non-attendance ‘all the more mystifying and strange’.
But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not returning from the US for the service.
While the Queen’s arrival was mentioned in the order of service, it is understood that a final decision on her attendance was not made until first thing this morning.
She has recently been forced to pull out of a string of engagements because of ill health and old age. She was unable to attend the Commonwealth Day service this month because of concerns about her mobility and comfort.
Palace and Abbey aides are thought to have taken steps to ensure that the service is less taxing for the Queen.
Instead of arriving at the usual West Entrance to the Abbey, which would involve steps and a long walk down the Nave in front of the cameras, the Queen could be driven around the side of the building and enter away from public view via the ‘Poet’s Entrance’.
She would then have a far shorter walk down the South Transept to her seat. It is likely she would walk with the aid of a stick.
The service will gave thanks for the duke’s dedication to family, nation and Commonwealth and recognise the importance of his legacy in creating opportunities for young people, promoting conservation, and supporting the Armed Forces.
One of the elements planned for the funeral which has now been included in the service will see nine Gold Award holders from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, plus representatives from UK Cadet Force Associations, line entry routes into Westminster Abbey.
Philip, who died in April last year aged 99, launched the DofE Award in 1956 and was Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Cadet Force, a role he first took up in 1953.
A tenth DofE gold award holder, Doyin Sonibare, 28, from London, will give a tribute to His Royal Highness’s legacy, recognising the impact of the Award on young people across the globe.
The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, will conduct the service and describe the duke in the Bidding as ‘a man of rare ability and distinction’ who ‘ever directed our attention away from himself.’
He will say: ‘He put privilege to work and understood his rank as a spur to service. Working at pace, with so many claims on his attention, he encouraged us to focus, as he was focussed, on the things that matter.
‘His was a discipline and character that seized opportunity and overcame obstruction and difficulty. We recall, with affection and respect, the sustained offering of a long life lived fully.’
Royal fans watch out for guests at the service to remember the late Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey this morning
Royal fans stand next to barriers at Westminster Abbey today ahead of the service to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh
Guests begin to arrive for the service of thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey this morning
Television broadcasting staff gather outside Westminster Abbey this morning ahead of Prince Philip’s memorial service
Royal fans stand next to barriers at Westminster Abbey today ahead of the service to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh
Royal superfan John Loughrey, from Stretham in Cambridgeshire, stands outside Westminster Abbey this morning
Another royal superfan stands outside Westminster Abbey ahead of the memorial service for Philip this morning
Police officers walk past Westminster Abbey this morning before the service for the late Duke of Edinburgh
Workers put up barriers outside Westminster Abbey today ahead of the service for Prince Philip
Royal fans wait outside Westminster Abbey this morning ahead of the service for the late Duke of Edinburgh
It was the duke’s expressed wish that clergy from Windsor, Sandringham and Balmoral – known as The Queen’s domestic chaplains – played a part in his funeral service, but this was not possible due to the Covid restrictions.
Today the Reverend Kenneth MacKenzie Minister of Crathie Church, the regular place of worship of the British royal family when they are in residence at nearby Balmoral Castle, the Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere, the Rector of Sandringham, and the Reverend Canon Martin Poll, Chaplain to the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor Great Park, will offer prayers recognising Philip’s energy, spirit of adventure and ‘good stewardship of the environment’.
The service will also be attended by around 30 foreign royals, including Prince Albert of Monaco, Denmark’s Queen Margrethe, King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, and Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia.
Queen Elizabeth II takes her seat during the funeral of Prince Philip at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021
The Queen and Prince Philip revisit Broadlands, to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on November 20, 2007
The Queen and Philip were married in the Abbey in November 1947 and it holds many special memories.
Flowers at today’s service will be red, white and blue. They will include dendrobium orchids, which also featured in the Queen’s wedding bouquet, and eryngium – or sea holly – echoing the duke’s career in the Royal Navy and lifelong affection for the sea.
The Queen attended the opening of the Welsh Parliament on October 14 last year. Since then she has conducted engagements at Windsor Castle, where she is now based, and visited Sandringham in February.