Queen carried two special items in handbag to give her comfort at Philip’s funeral


Earlier this week, people came together at Westminster Abbey for the memorial service of the Queen’s beloved late husband Prince Philip – and at his funeral last year, she carried two poignant mementoes from their marriage in her handbag

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The Queen was determined to honor her late husband Prince Philip by attending his memorial service earlier this week.

The ceremony, which saw 1,800 people pack into Westminster Abbey, remembered Her Majesty’s husband of 73 years and his incredible legacy.

The event was in stark contrast to his funeral, held just over a week after his death aged 99 last April.

It came at a time when the UK was in the grip of a coronavirus lockdown with restrictions meaning the funeral had to be vastly scaled back.

Only 30 guests attended and one of the most heartbreaking images from that day was seeing the Queen having to sit by herself in St George’s Chapel – away from any of her family members.







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However, it seems that in her handbag that day, she carried around two rather personal items in order to give her comfort.

One of those items was said to be a photo of the couple as newlyweds that she carried in her handbag.

The photo is believed to have been one of her and Philip in Malta which had a special place in their hearts.







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After they were married the couple lived in Villa Guardamangia, close to the capital Valletta. Philip was stationed on the Mediterranean island from 1949 until 1951 as a naval officer with HMS Magpie.

The then-Princess Elizabeth was able to live a more normal life in Malta and it was one of the happiest times for her and Philip before she became Queen.

Meanwhile, according to the Daily Mail, another item she took was a white handkerchief made by Savile Row tailors Kent & Haste that were a Philip trademark.







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He would have them folded into squares in a classic style and put into his breast pocket.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Queen made a sweet tribute to her husband at his memorial service.

She had been actively involved in the planning of the fitting memorial service and she ensured there were plenty of personal touches at the event.

And among the sweet tributes that were made to Philip at the event was one dated back to the day Her Majesty married Philip in November 1947 – in the same Abbey.

That’s because the flowers in the church for the memorial service were in shades of patriotic red, white and blue, with larger arrangements featuring blue eryngium – known as sea holly – a nod to the duke’s career in the Royal Navy, and his lifelong affection for the sea.

Meanwhile, the smaller posies included white dendrobium orchids – the flowers that appeared in Princess Elizabeth’s wedding bouquet when she married Philip in 1947.

The Queen is said to have personally requested orchids to be included in her wedding bouquet.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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