It has been ten years since, in the span of two months, HM Queen Elizabeth lost both her mother and sister. Today, the Queen and her family joined together in a church service of thanksgiving to remember them at Windsor Castle. Most of the senior royals were there, led by HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. TRH the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, the Princess Royal, Admiral Timothy Lawrence, and the Countess of Wessex were all in attendance as well. Absent were Peter and Autumn Phillips who had just welcomed the birth of their second child, Zara Phillips who is focused on her training to make the Olympic team, Prince Edward who is on an official visit to France and TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who are on holiday skiing. Also in attendance were Princess Margaret’s children Viscount Linley and Lady Sarah Chatto along with their spouses and children.
The service was one of joy, not sadness as the Dean of Windsor looked back on the lives of the two women:
“Each of us here this morning will cherish some special personal memories.
Rightly such memories should be harbored securely and discreetly in our own hearts and minds.
But there are also common themes in our remembering which should be shared openly. Most surely amongst them will be the faithfulness that characterized the lives of both Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret – faithfulness to family and friends, faithfulness to the nation and Commonwealth.”
The Queen Mother famously lived to be 101 years old, outliving the younger of her two daughters. The service must have been especially moving for both the Queen and HRH the Prince of Wales as latter was extremely close with his great grandmother.
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Sources: Hello, Daily Mail