The Queen was represented by Princess Alexandra at the Service of Celebration for the Life of the Lady Mary Colman at Norwich Cathedral on Thursday. Lady Mary, who passed away in January, was an extra lady in waiting to Alexandra.
Lady Mary was also a cousin of the Queen.
An entry in the Court Circular, the official record of past royal engagements, said: “The Queen was represented by Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy at the Service of Celebration for the Life of the Lady Mary Colman (Extra Lady in Waiting to Princess Alexandra) which was held in Norwich Cathedral this afternoon.”
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester also attended the service.
An entry in the Court Circular said: “The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were present at the Service of Celebration for the Life of the Lady Mary Colman which was held in Norwich Cathedral this afternoon.”
Lady Mary was a regular guest at Balmoral, where the Queen is currently spending her annual summer holiday.
It is the monarch’s first break at her Scottish private residence without her beloved husband Prince Philip.
The Duke of Edinburgh died in April just months before his 100th birthday.
The Queen traditionally spends her summer at Balmoral Castle, where she is joined by other members of the Royal Family.
The monarch was officially welcomed to her private residence in the Scottish Highlands in August by a guard of honour featuring a Shetland pony mascot.
She inspected soldiers from Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The Pipes and Drums of the regiment’s 3rd Battalion performed during the ceremony and the Royal Regiment of Scotland’s mascot, Shetland Pony Lance Corporal Cruachan IV, also took part.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson were seen arriving at Balmoral last month.
Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and their son August have also been seen arriving.
Meanwhile, Prince William and Kate reportedly visited in the past week with their three children.
Scotland has been a welcome place of sanctuary for the Royal Family since the days of Queen Victoria as they enjoy country pursuits in the Highlands.
Despite being on holiday, work still continues for the head of state as every day she receives from Government ministers, and from her representatives in the Commonwealth and foreign countries, information in the form of policy papers, Cabinet documents and other State papers for her attention.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK