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Palace in ‘military-style operation’ to prevent Queen looking frail at Prince Philip service

Buckingham Palace is planning a ‘military-style’ operation to get the Queen to Prince Philip’s memorial service whereas preserving her out of view from paparazzi, sources have claimed. 

The monarch, 95, is anticipated to be flown quarter-hour by helicopter from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace for the occasion, happening on March 29.

The head of state will then be pushed the quick distance from the Palace to Westminster Abbey, stories the Sun on Sunday. 

The total Dean’s Yard will likely be sealed off below the plans, which additionally embrace six-foot privateness screens and a possible football-style tunnel which might block any photographer’s view as she exits her car.

One supply advised the Mail on Sunday that Her Majesty doesn’t need to be seen in public in a wheelchair over fears of replicating a ‘haunting’ photograph taken by her late sister Princess Margaret in the months earlier than her dying. 

It comes after the Queen pulled out of the Commonwealth Day service final week over issues for her ‘consolation’ on the 60-mile journey, and whether or not she might handle having to sit in Westminster Abbey for greater than an hour.  

But she is set, sources say, to attend the thanksgiving service for the Duke of Edinburgh, who died final April at the age of 99. 

The Queen, 95, is expected to be flown 15 minutes by helicopter from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace for Prince Philip's thanksgiving service, taking place on March 29.

The Queen, 95, is anticipated to be flown quarter-hour by helicopter from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace for Prince Philip’s thanksgiving service, happening on March 29.

The Queen is determined, sources say, to attend the thanksgiving service for the Duke of Edinburgh, who died last April at the age of 99. Pictured: Her Majesty and Prince Philip together in Windsor

The Queen is set, sources say, to attend the thanksgiving service for the Duke of Edinburgh, who died final April at the age of 99. Pictured: Her Majesty and Prince Philip collectively in Windsor

The Queen needs to stroll for so long as doable and has to this point dominated out utilizing a wheelchair in public.  

But in accordance to the Sun, the choice of help has been explored so she will get round The Cloisters, the south and east elements, extra quickly and in consolation. 

Aides then imagine she might be delivered into the Abbey at Poets’ Corner and wishes solely a brief stroll to take her seat in The Sanctuary.

Whether she might be seated earlier than the viewers arrives fairly than final, as is custom, can be being explored. 

Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, advised the Sun: ‘Understandably, the Queen would not need to be seen in a wheelchair.

‘But because the Head of State and somebody who needs to be seen and wishes to be seen, she would possibly concede to a wheelchair. The finest approach of doing that’s to make certain there aren’t any pictures taken.

‘This might be a dress rehearsal for all the things at the Platinum Jubilee. I feel she needs to go as she is aware of Philip would need her to be there.

‘She will likely be pondering that if it was her thanksgiving ceremony, he would transfer Heaven and Earth to make certain he was there.

‘She would actually hate to miss it. It is a headache for her workers as it could be tough for anybody of her age who suffers mobility issues. It can be a painful course of for her.’

It comes as a supply advised the Mail on Sunday how an notorious picture of the late Princess Margaret in a wheelchair nonetheless haunts the Queen. 

The {photograph} of her late sister, six months earlier than she died, has turn out to be a long-lasting reason for remorse, which the monarch doesn’t want to replicate.

‘It’s a haunting picture and never one the Queen remembers fondly,’ stated the supply. 

The household had gathered in August 2001 for a photocall for the Queen Mother’s a hundred and first birthday. Although nonetheless sprightly, she used two strolling sticks. 

The Queen’s sister was inside, recuperating after a sequence of strokes, and she or he had not been anticipated to seem.

But the Queen Mother’s web page, William Tallon – nicknamed ‘Backstairs Billy’ – took it upon himself to push Margaret in entrance of the ready media in a wheelchair.

Margaret – who was recognized for glamorous beauty that had lasted nicely into center age – had by no means been seen in such a approach.

Wearing a jacket and outsized black sun shades, the Princess had her left arm trussed up in a sling and a scarf over her legs.

A supply who remembers the event advised the Mail on Sunday: ‘The optics had been horrible. 

A photograph of her late sister, Princess Margaret (pictured), in a wheelchair, six months before she died, has become a lasting cause of regret. 'It's a haunting image and not one the Queen remembers fondly,' said a source

{A photograph} of her late sister, Princess Margaret (pictured), in a wheelchair, six months earlier than she died, has turn out to be a long-lasting reason for remorse. ‘It’s a haunting picture and never one the Queen remembers fondly,’ stated a supply

‘It was supposed to be concerning the Queen Mother however all anybody noticed was a sadly declining Princess Margaret.’

Palace workers had been livid with Tallon for wheeling her out in full view of the cameras, which they argued was a gross invasion of her privateness.

It is claimed the Queen nonetheless shudders at the reminiscence, with an image in any approach paying homage to Margaret’s destiny stated to be out of the question.

The Queen – often known as ‘Reader One’ in Government phrases – nonetheless receives a day by day crimson field of official papers to signal and her Royal Assent remains to be required on Bills passing by way of Parliament. (Charles is Reader Two.) 

‘Prince Charles will usually keep over at Windsor now if he is visiting and can spend time along with his mom fairly than going again to Highgrove,’ stated a supply. 

Prince William, too, is at Windsor extra usually, the supply stated.

The Queen additionally enjoys the company of her dresser, Angela Kelly, a docker’s daughter from Liverpool recognized to amuse the pinnacle of state along with her down-to-earth wit. 

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