Sunday, 15 January 2017

Sunshine and showers for the Royal Family

The Queen in an archive image - she wore purple to church this Sunday as well
(photo DofE Twitter)

The smile said it all. The Queen walked into church at Flitcham, Norfolk this morning beaming. After over a month resting with a heavy cold, and several bouts of fevered speculation about her health, Elizabeth II strode towards Sunday service very much in full health. But while there was happiness at seeing the Queen up and about, the event was tinged with sadness as well. With the Queen was her nephew, David Linley, who has just lost his father, the 1st Earl of Snowdon.

David and Serena Linley walked to church in mourning, just 48 hours after the death of Antony Armstrong-Jones at the age of 86. Princess Margaret's former husband died at home on January 13th 2017. They were part of a small royal party attending service at St. Mary the Virgin in Flitcham on a rainy and rather chilly January day.

The Queen led her family to church with the Duke of Edinburgh at her side. It is her second appearance of 2017 after she was driven to church at Sandringham last Sunday.

The Queen looked pleased to be out and about and spent time talking to those who welcomed her to the church. But while there was relief at seeing Elizabeth II restored to full health, this royal outing was also tinged with sadness as the Queen, like those around her, remembered a family member loved and lost and whose funeral they will now attend in the days to come.

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