Funeral of Prince Philip, the Royal Family dressed in mourning
Images of a small, bent over woman in the majestic Windsor Chapel are still etched in our minds. Those of granite Queen Elizabeth, dressed in black and with a face marked by sadness, which transpired despite the ordinance mask.
Since that April 10, the date on which the funeral of his beloved Prince Philip was celebrated, a few weeks have passed but for his Majesty it is already time to get back to work. Many had speculated that Philip’s death could somehow mark the end of Elizabeth’s reign, but Her Majesty completely denied the hypothesis of a sudden handover to his son Charles (or to his nephew William, depending on the “schools of thought”).
Now, however, the subjects have finally been able to see it in all its glory. On the Instagram profile of the Royal Family, a post dedicated to the first official engagement of the Queen, appeared “virtually” on a screen while engaged in two hearings. One with Ivita Burmistre, the ambassador of the Republic of Latvia, and the other with Sara Affoue Amani, the ambassador of the Republic of Ivory Coast to the UK. The diplomats went to for the occasion a Buckingham Palace but they were unable to meet the Queen in person, due to anti-Covid precautions.
It is the first time that Queen Elizabeth has been immortalized in photos after the funeral of Prince Philip and it is heartening see her smile after the period of deep sadness he experienced. She personally took care of the funeral, organizing it down to the smallest detail following the instructions of his beloved spouse. He spent his 95th birthday giving up the usual celebrations and retiring to his Windsor residence. Without forgetting, finally, the “family matters” which are not exactly simple due to the tense relations between the nephew Harry and his loved ones, the poisoned declarations of his wife Meghan Markle and a serenity that continues to seem like a mirage.
It is unlikely that His Majesty has completely regained his smile, after all a loss like the one he faced does not go unscathed in just a few days. But the new (and only) image that portrays her on Instagram tells of a woman who has braced herself to return to her royal duties, removing the mourning and showing off a turquoise floral dress.
One detail of the outfit did not go unnoticed. In addition to the precious pearl necklace, Queen Elizabeth wears one large brooch in the shape of a flower and covered with diamonds. As reported by The Sun, the choice was not entirely random. The brooch, in fact, was part of a tiara by Cartier which had been given to her by the last Indian sovereign, the Nizam of Hyderabad Osman Ali Khan, on the occasion of wedding with Prince Philip in 1947.
A jewel to embellish the look, but above all a dear reminder of the happiest day. The one in which, finally, she was able to marry Philip, that young and handsome Prince who had captured her heart since their very first meeting. Queen Elizabeth lifted her mourning and gave her subjects a smile, but does not forget the most important person in his life.