It was a weekend that the royal family was looking forward to. After several weeks apart, Elizabeth II and Prince Charles got together to celebrate Easter a little early and in the fresh air.
The Easter festivities have begun at the palace! This Friday, April 2, Buckingham Palace unveiled two photos of Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Charles. To “mark the Easter weekend”, Her Majesty and the future king of England enjoyed the first signs of spring during a walk on the grounds of Frogmore House. While scrupulously respecting the distances of health security. The shots, captured on March 23, show Elizabeth II and her eldest son smiling at the photographer while standing next to each other in a flower garden. And this is the first time since December 8 that the two have been photographed side by side, since the end of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Royal Train tour. For this celebration, very important for the British Crown, the Prince of Wales will also record a recitation of a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, which will be performed at a virtual service this Sunday, April 4, at Stonyhurst College, in Lancashire.
Prince Charles chose the poem, titled The Greatness of God, because he thought it described “hope and joy”, which everyone needs at this time. And Queen Elizabeth II has not been idle either. As is tradition, on the Thursday before Easter, the 94-year-old monarch distributed specially minted coins to thank people over 70 for their service to their communities. Since the ceremony was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Elizabeth II was unable to travel to several churches around the country to meet them. Instead, she sent 190 people this piece with a letter. “Each year at the Royal Maundy Service we have the opportunity to recognize and thank for the work done by countless people for the welfare of their neighbors; work that has often been taken for granted or hidden,” she wrote in part. I am sure you will be saddened, as I am, that current circumstances make it impossible to hold this service.”
Queen Elizabeth II has something to smile about
“I hope, however, that this holy gift will remind you for years to come that your efforts were truly appreciated,” Her Majesty concluded. If they can start enjoying life together again, it is because Prince Charles as well as Elizabeth II have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Moreover, in recent days, both have multiplied public appearances: Prince Charles in several vaccination centers and Elizabeth II at the memorial of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission air force. A relief for the Queen, who also found the smile and her husband for a few days. After being hospitalized for many days and having undergone a major heart operation, Prince Philip was able to meet his wife. It is therefore from their residence that the couple is actively preparing the festivities planned to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Prince Consort, which he will celebrate next June.