After Princess Eugenie gave birth to her son August earlier this year, she spent more time with her parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and there is a chance Beatrice will have enjoyed some time at her family home this weekend so that her parents can lend a hand with childcare.
During lockdown, the Queen, who is head of the Church of England, attended church services in private but Sunday marked an important return to tradition.
She was photographed travelling to the Royal Chapel of All Saints, which is a stone’s throw away from Andrew’s home.
The Queen was pictured en route to church in Windsor on Sunday
The Queen may have visited Prince Andrew and his family, including Princess Beatrice and her baby
The residence has belonged to Prince Andrew since the early 2000s, and was where Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice spent a considerable amount of time in their childhood.
The last time the Queen was photographed outside the Royal Chapel was to celebrate the wedding of Princess Beatrice to her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, in July 2020.
Buckingham Palace had previously stated in 2020 that the Queen would not travel to church whilst she stayed at Balmoral, in an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19 in any gathering crowd.
In what proved to be an extremely difficult year, royal author Matthew Dennison has claimed that Her Majesty relied on her faith as a source of strength throughout the pandemic period.
Princess Beatrice with her parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
He said: “She has a strong religious faith.
“One of the things that the queen has done is pray throughout all of this.
“She also has a loyal, supportive group of private secretaries, ladies in waiting and devoted friends who have been a strong system around her.
“She also has the support of her close-knit family.”
The Queen’s beloved husband Prince Philip died in April at the age of 99
Her close family have made the headlines repeatedly over the last 18 months including a civil lawsuit being brought against her son, Prince Andrew, in the United States.
The Queen’s beloved husband Prince Philip died in April at the age of 99 and his passing marked the end of an era for the monarchy.
Mr Dennison told Fox News that the Queen “finds it difficult to confront difficult issues”, but also noted that he believes “she has gotten better over time.”
He added that, despite the death of the Duke of Edinburgh earlier this year, the Queen would not abdicate her position as monarch because she considers her coronation promises “binding.”
He explained: “These are promises she made to God in the church. These are holy promises.”
This comes in the wake of Her Majesty’s praise for long-running BBC staple ‘Songs of Praise’, which she hailed as a display of “Christianity as a living faith.”
Speaking in a pre-recorded message for the programme, the Queen said: “For 60 years, ‘Songs of Praise’ has drawn together congregations and BBC viewers throughout the United Kingdom in collective worship.
“During that time, the program has shown Christianity as a living faith not only through hymns and worship songs but also by featuring the many people who have put their faith at the centre of their lives.
“I congratulate ‘Songs of Praise’ and all those involved in the program on its 60th anniversary.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK