A religious ceremony in memory of Prince Philip, of her husband Queen Elizabeth, will be held in the spring at Westminster Abbey, in the heart of the British capital, the Buckingham Palace, on the eve of the first Christmas that the Queen will spend after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
“The queen agreed to organize a ceremony to honor the life of His Highness, the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in the spring of 2022 “said the Palace, without specifying the exact date.
Due to the pandemic, the funeral of Philip, who died on April 9 at the age of 99, took place in a close family circle, in the presence of only 30 people. The queen appeared in a mask and the members of the royal family kept their distance from each other.
Elizabeth, 95, will celebrate her first Christmas for decades without her “support”, as she called him. Because the new wave of the pandemic is sweeping the country, because of the Omicron variant, the queen will spend the holidays at Windsor Tower and not at her residence in Sandringham, as usual. For precautionary reasons, he did not organize the traditional family gathering, which would normally be attended by around 50 guests.
The heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will spend Christmas with her. Her daughter, Princess Anna, will not visit her because she has been quarantined after her husband tested positive for Covid-19.
As every year, the queen will address the people with a recorded message.