Queen set to attend Prince Philip memorial despite recent health concerns

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The Queen is believed to be attending her late husband Prince Philip's memorial service today amid fears that she'd have to cancel due to possible mobility issues.

Her Majesty will be joining other members of the Royal Family at Westminster Abbey today to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh's life and work.

As well as the Firm, more than 30 foreign royals, the Duke’s wider family and friends, and 500 representatives from his patronages and charities will all be gathering to pay their respects.

The thanksgiving service was cut down to a relatively brief 50 minutes and has been described to run as a "tightly managed no thrills affair".

A source speaking the Sun previously suggested that Buckingham Palace officials were trying to find a way of getting the 95-year-old Queen into Westminster Abbey without being seen.

The 95-year-old head of state had to pull out of the Commonwealth Day service earlier this month due to comfort issues and has spoken about not being able to move.

The Palace said the Queen has been actively involved in the plans for the service, with many elements reflecting her wishes.

And in another emotional nod to her late husband, several of the details in the service were actually planned by the Duke of Edinburgh himself.

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The Monarch recently recovered from Covid, which Prince Charles and Camilla also tested positive for.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have decided not to fly back to the UK for the thanksgiving event.

According to a royal expert, the Queen “knows” Prince Philip would be “angry and disappointed” that the Duke of Sussex has not attended.

Ingrid Seward, author of Prince Philip Revealed, A man of his Century, believes Her Majesty is determined to attend despite recent mobility issues.

She told the Daily Mirror: "Even someone as unassuming as the Queen might have expected some better luck during the culmination of her 70-year reign. Instead, she has had nothing but trouble.

“She knows he would expect it as much as she knows he would be angry and disappointed Prince Harry has chosen not to go."

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