YESTERDAY the Queen showed huge support for her favourite son, Prince Andrew.
She has not seen him since the beginning of lockdown and there was no way she was going to miss his eldest daughter’s wedding.
Princess Beatrice has been a long-time favourite grandchild. The Queen helped teach her to ride when she was tiny and looked after her when Fergie was banned from the royal residences.
Being at the wedding with 99-year-old Prince Philip at her side meant the nuptials had to be fitted around Government guidelines for social distancing and her own surprisingly busy schedule before she leaves for Balmoral.
That included knighting 100-year-old Sir Tom Moore in the quadrangle of the Castle. Princess Beatrice agreed to delay showing her wedding pictures until Sir Tom had his moment.
She was so happy to have her grandparents attend her nuptials in her great grandmother’s favourite church next to Royal Lodge.
In spite of a once volatile relationship with his daughter-in-law, Prince Philip has forgiven Fergie for her past stupidity and is impressed with her loyalty to Andrew.
He is fond of his granddaughter who calls him ‘awesome’ and wanted to be there to witness what will almost certainly be the last royal marriage of his lifetime.
It is the kind of show of solidarity that the Duke of York needs as he waits on the sidelines of royal life to see what his future might be.
Whatever happens the Queen will always consider him her favourite son.
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