Queen Elizabeth Hopes to Attend Memorial Service for Late Husband Philip

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth said she hoped to attend a memorial service next week for her late husband Prince Philip after she canceled a public appearance earlier this month.

The Queen’s health has been prioritized since she spent a night in a hospital last October for an unnamed ailment and was instructed by her medical staff to rest. 

Since testing positive for COVID-19 last February, the Queen has undertaken light duties, including an in-person audience with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

On Thursday, Buckingham Palace announced the details of the service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 29 to honor Philip’s contributions to public life. He died last April 2021, at the age of 99.

The Queen previously had been expected to attend the ceremony. The queen’s office published a message on Thursday stating that members of the royal family would be there but did not specify who.

The Queen also withdrew from a ceremony on March 14 for the Commonwealth of 54 nations, which she leads. 

That decision to withdraw reportedly was not related to any illness. It was more about the Queen’s comfort while traveling to and from the service.

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