Elizabeth II attends her first public gathering in months after health concerns | latest Europe | DW

After suffering from health problems that caused her to miss several events, Queen Elizabeth II, nearly 96 years old, made her first major public appearance in nearly six months, at a mass in London, in honor of her late husband, Prince Philip.

The guest list for the ceremony included Kings Felipe and Letizia of Spain and Willem-Alexander and Máxima of the Netherlands, among a dozen royal houses and former monarchs from Europe and the Middle East.

The queen’s health has been a concern since doctors forced her to rest in October and she spent the night in hospital undergoing “tests” of an undetermined nature. In recent months he has stopped participating in various relevant acts, appearing to walk with a cane and admitting that it is difficult for him to “move”.

With all eyes on his country, the ruler, who celebrates 70 years to the throne in February and will blow out 96 candles on April 21, was rescheduled two weeks ago, for British Commonwealth Day. But three days earlier, he had canceled his participation, according to the press because of difficulty moving and his refusal to do so in a wheelchair.

This Tuesday (29/3/2022) Mass has a very personal character, as it pays homage to the man with whom she has been married for 73 years and whom she calls a “pillar”.

Felipe died on April 9, nearly a hundred years, and amid the pandemic, only 30 guests were able to attend the limited funeral which left the shocking image of a queen sitting alone. Recalling his “evil” appearance and “familiar smile”, the king admitted in his Christmas message how much he “missed” his husband.

With all restrictions now lifted, this ceremony “would incorporate some elements planned for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, which could not be carried out,” the Palace said. This will include a choir and military presence at the convent decorated with red, white and blue flowers. (afp)

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