The Queen appeared in good spirits as she attended church on Sunday, days after her husband, Prince Philip was hospitalised.
Buckingham Palace revealed that Philip’s hospital stay was for a “pre-existing condition”. It is not clear if Prince Philip will be released from the hospital in time to join the rest of the royal family for Christmas at Sandringham, the Queen’s country estate in Norfolk.
However, the 93-year-old monarch has not altered her holiday plans and went to church Sunday as normal. Queen Elizabeth opted for a stunning emerald green ensemble and colour-coordinated hat. She wore a sparkling emerald brooch and warded off the cold with black gloves.
Daughter-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex accompanied her in the car. Sophie, who is married to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, looked stunning in burgundy culottes and a cream coat. She completed her look with a trendy brown hat and matching leather gloves.
It comes after a source claimed the Queen shares a particularly special bond with the wife of her son Prince Edward. According to The Sun, the monarch often asks Sophie to ride with her to church, as they both share a common interest in religion, while she can be a calming presence for her.
“The Queen likes to be completely calm before church and she finds Sophie’s presence soothing,” the source claimed to the news outlet. An insider added: “She is trusted and relied on by the Queen in a way I couldn’t say applied to the Duchess of Cambridge or the Duchess of Cornwall. She is like another daughter to Her Majesty, they are that close.”
Other members of the royal family are expected to join the Queen over the coming days for their annual Christmas celebrations. However, Prince Harry and Meghan are spending the festive season in Canada, with their baby son Archie, and Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month,” a palace spokesperson said in a statement, according to The Telegraph. “Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, [the couple] will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the duchess’ mother, Doria.”