Queen Elizabeth Carried 2 Personal Items Which Honored Prince Philip During Late Duke's Memorial Service
When Queen Elizabeth attended Prince Philip's memorial service on March 29, it appeared that she carried around two personal items which honored the late Duke, who died on April 9 at 99 years old.
According to The Mirror, the 95-year-old had a photo of the couple as newlyweds in her purse, in addition to a white handkerchief, which Philip frequently wore.
Most of the royal family came to the shindig, including Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Prince Andrew and more.
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"It was very emotional. I worked with Prince Philip for 14 years and traveled the world with him. I did a lot of things with him and deeply missed him when he died," Philip's former bodyguard Richard Griffin shared. "Prince Philip had a big footprint on the service, you could see it right the way through. It was fantastic to be able to come today and pay our respects. It was a wonderful, wonderful service. He was the most caring man you could possibly meet."
The Dean of Westminster also said sweet things about the royal.
"As we give thanks for the life of a remarkable man, perhaps out greatest tribute to him, most especially in these far too troubled times, will be for us to accept the challenge, implicit in his life," he stated. "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."
Prince Harry was noticeably absent from the occasion, as he didn't want to come home due to lack of security.
"That was a big disappointment for everybody. Certainly around where I was they thought he should have been here," Griffin told Sky News of the snub. "All this nonsense about he couldn't get protection, as far as I'm concerned that was a pathetic excuse, he should have been here to honor his grandfather. At the end of the day, if he was that worried about security he could have stuck with his brother and father who have got wonderful security. He would have been more than safe."