The Queen is still hoping to attend Prince Philip’s memorial service
THE QUEEN has “ruled out the use of a wheelchair” and “still hopes” to attend Prince Philip’s memorial service – but aides are keeping an eye on her diary.
It comes after Buckingham Palace announced she was not fit enough to attend the Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey.
Palace staff feared how “conveniently” she would travel from Windsor to London and then spend up to an hour at the event.
Sources stress that the 95-year-old monarch is not ill and is “as committed to her duties of state as ever”.
However, senior royal aides are believed to have accepted how age has caught up with Her Majesty.
According to the Daily Mail, a source said: “The Queen is still as awake, capable and interested as ever, but physically she isn’t as strong as she used to be, which is totally understandable for a woman her age.”
They continued: “The Royal Family understands the important role investiture plays in recognizing service and celebrating people’s contribution to society and there has been a real urge to catch up on the backlog created by Covid restrictions.
“The Prince of Wales, Princess Royal and the Duke of Cambridge have led the charge. It is easy to imagine that they will continue in this direction, but I would not rule out Her Majesty making smaller or one-off investments.”
The queen was also unable to walk her beloved corgis due to her frailty. She was unable to perform them at Windsor Castle for six months and it is feared she will never do so again.
Prince Philip’s funeral service will be held at Westminster Abbey on March 29.
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