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Prince Philip heartbreak: How one royal event is especially meaningful to Queen and Philip

Prince Philip and the Queen have had months of isolation and shielding due to the coronavirus pandemic. The couple have been holed up in Windsor Castle in what was dubbed ‘HMS Bubble’ before transferring to Balmoral in Scotland.

The couple are in the at risk category from coronavirus due to their ages, with the Queen aged 94, and Philip, 99.

Older people are more likely to develop complications from the virus, which can create breathing problems and worsen any existing health conditions.

In the wake of the pandemic, the Queen has been forced to cancel engagements and hold smaller events in order to lessen her risk.

The Queen did attend a recent engagement to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) near Salisbury alongside her grandson Prince William.

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However, those present on the day had undertaken coronavirus testing before coming in contact with the royals, and other precautions like social distancing were taken.

Engagements like this may soon become the norm, and one upcoming event may face several changes to make it feasible for the royals to attend.

On the second Sunday in November, the world commemorates Remembrance Sunday, remembering those who have died and served in conflicts around the world.

Usually, the Royal Family are in attendance at the event, which features a bugle call, wreath-laying and prayer service.

The Queen attends the ceremony every year – however, whether she will go this year remains to be seen.

Each year, around 10,000 people gather at the Cenotaph in Whitehall for the National Service of Remembrance and a two-minute silence at 11am.

However, with the concern around COVID-19 and the fact London is now in Tier 2, the public will not be able to attend the event this year.

Instead, people are being asked to commemorate the occasion at home.

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The Royal Family are said to be planning a “closed-door” ceremony to honour Remembrance Day.

Royals in attendance may be Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince William who could carry on with the traditions of laying poppy wreaths on the Cenotaph alongside a group of veterans.

This could also see The Queen, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge gather on the Foreign Office balcony which overlooks the Cenotaph.

Remembrance Day is especially poignant for the Queen and Prince Philip due to their involvement with World War 2.

The Duke of Edinburgh was on board HMS Whelp in Tokyo Bay for the signing of the Japanese surrender in 1945.

Philip began his naval career in 1939, at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, before joining the battleship HMS Ramillies in 1940 in Colombo as a midshipman.

In 1941 he served on the HMS Valiant in Alexandria, rising through the ranks and in 1942 becoming one of the youngest officers to be named First Lieutenant in the Royal Navy.

He was second in command of the HMS Wallace, before joining the Fleet Destroyer HMS Whelp in 1944.

The Queen also did her part during World War 2, having joined Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) in 1945.

Then Princess Elizabeth was just 18 when she joined and learnt to drive and maintain vehicles.

She learnt to drive every single vehicle she did work on, including ambulances and light trucks.

At the time Collier’s magazine reported: “One of her major joys was to get dirt under her nails and grease stains on her hands, and display these signs of labour to her friends.”


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