Queen ‘still hopes’ to attend Prince Philip’s memorial
THE QUEEN has ‘ruled out the use of a wheelchair’ and ‘still hopes’ to attend Prince Philip’s memorial – but aides are monitoring her diary.
It comes after Buckingham Palace announced she was not fit enough to attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.
Palace staff feared how ‘comfortable’ she would travel to London from Windsor and then spend up to an hour at the event.
Sources point out that the 95-year-old monarch is not ill and is “more engaged than ever in her state duties”.
But the main royal aides are believed to have accepted how old age has caught up with Her Majesty.
According to the Daily Mail, a source said: “The Queen is still as alert, capable and interested as ever but physically she is not as strong as she once was which is completely understandable for a woman of her age.”
They continued: ‘The Royal Family understands the important role investitures play in recognizing service and celebrating people’s contribution to society and there has been a real drive to clear the backlog created by restrictions on Covid.
“The Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Cambridge led the charge. It’s easy to imagine that they will continue in this vein, but I wouldn’t rule out Her Majesty making smaller or one-off investitures.
The Queen was also unable to walk her beloved corgis due to her frailty. She was unable to take them to Windsor Castle for six months and it is feared she may never again.
Prince Philip’s memorial service will take place at Westminster Abbey on March 29.