The Queen was captured attending church with Princess Anne at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk on January 26.
The Monarch, 93, was wearing a bright orange jacket with a black fur hat and matching gloves.
Princess Anne, 69, walked a small group of esteemed guests to the service while the Queen was riding in a chauffeur-driven maroon Bentley. The Queen’s recently cancelled an annual visit to the branch of the Women’s Institute in Norfolk because she was “not feeling up to it.”
Her Majesty was seen smiling as she sat in the back of the driven car alongside opera singer Dame Kiri Jeanette Claire Te Kanawa. The Queen’s appearance came after the shocking announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal exit.
Announcing the decision, the Queen said the couple, and their eight-month-old son Archie, would “always be much-loved members” of her family.
In her statement, the Queen wrote, “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved members of my family.
I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.
It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”
Harry gave his own statement at a dinner benefiting his charity Sentebale.
He said: “Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard or perhaps read over the last few weeks. So I want you to hear the truth from me—as much as I can share—not as a prince or a duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the last 35 years, but with a clearer perspective. The U.K. is my home and a place that I love.”
”That will never change. I have grown up feeling support from so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms as you saw me find the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life. Finally, the second son of Diana got hitched, hooray!’
”I also know you’ve come to know me well enough over all these years to trust that the woman I chose as my wife upholds the same values as I did. And she does, and she’s the same woman I fell in love with. We both do everything we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride. Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve. For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this.”
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