British Queen Elizabeth and her son Prince Charles will open parliament in London on 11 May. More than four weeks after the death of her husband, Prince Philip (1921-2021).
British media report that since becoming head of state in 1952, she has only been absent from parliament openings twice. That was during pregnancies in 1959 and 1963.
Elizabeth married in 1947 and had corresponded with Philip for eight years by then. He died on Friday at the age of 99.
He will be temporarily buried under a vault in Saint George’s Chapel in the Windsor Castle complex on Saturday.
After Elizabeth’s death, he will be interred with her in a small chapel in that church where Elizabeth’s parents and sister are buried, the George VI Memorial Chapel. As a result of the corona measures, there will be only thirty people at the funeral ceremony on Saturday.