The Easter festivities have started at the palace! This Friday, April 2, Buckingham Palace unveiled two photos of Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Charles. To “mark the Easter weekend”, His Majesty and the future King of England took advantage of the beginnings of spring during a stroll on the grounds of Frogmore House. While scrupulously respecting the health safety distances. The snaps, captured on March 23, show Elizabeth II and her eldest son smiling at the photographer while standing next to each other in a flower garden. And this is the first time since December 8 that the two have been photographed side by side, since the end of the Royal Train tour of Kate Middleton and Prince William. For this celebration, very important for the British Crown, the Prince of Wales will also record a recitation of a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins which will be performed during a virtual service this Sunday, April 4 at Stonyhurst College, in Lancashire.
Prince Charles chose the poem, The Greatness of God, because he believed it described “the hope and joy” that everyone needs right now. And Queen Elizabeth II has not been idle either. As tradition dictates, on the Thursday before Easter, the 94-year-old monarch distributed the specially struck coins to thank those over 70 for their service to their communities. Since the ceremony was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Elizabeth II was unable to visit several churches across the country to meet them. Instead, she sent this room to 190 people with a letter. “Each year at the Royal Maundy Service we have the opportunity to recognize and thank for the work done by countless people for the welfare of their neighbors; work that has often been taken for granted or hidden, has she wrote in particular. I am sure that you will be sad, like me, that the current circumstances make it impossible to hold this service. ”
Queen Elizabeth II has something to smile about
“I hope, however, that this holy gift will remind you for years to come that your efforts have been truly appreciated,” Her Majesty concluded. If they can start enjoying life together again, it is because both Prince Charles and Elizabeth II have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Moreover in recent days, one like the other has multiplied public appearances: Prince Charles in several vaccination centers and Elizabeth II at the air force memorial of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. A relief for the queen, who has also found a smile and her husband for a few days. Because after being hospitalized for many days and having undergone a major heart operation, Prince Philip was able to find his wife. It is therefore from their residence that the couple actively prepares the festivities planned to celebrate the 100th birthday of the prince consort, which he will celebrate next June.
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