Paying tribute. Prince Andrew as well as Sarah Ferguson appeared with their daughters, Princess Beatrice as well as Princess Eugenieat the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, September 19.
The Duke and Duchess of York, 62, joined Beatrice, 34, and Eugenie, 32, at Westminster Abbey to pay tribute to the late monarch after previously reuniting to view flowers left outside Windsor Castle on Friday 16 September .
During Monday’s memorial service, Andrew showed up in a morning suit instead of a military uniform. Previously, he was allowed to dress in military uniform for the final vigil on Saturday, September 17, as a sign of respect for his mother.
Andrew and Ferguson previously exchanged vows at the same royal church in July 1986. After six years of marriage, the duo announced their decision to separate and officially divorced four years later in 1996.
The gift of kindness The author later spoke about how she maintained a close bond with her ex-husband after their split. “Although we are not a couple, we really believe in each other. The Yorkies are a friendly family. We showed it,” she said. daily mail in November 2018. “You saw it at the wedding. My duty is to him. I’m so proud of him. I support him and always will. What we are is our fairy tale.”
Ferguson continued: “So many people have asked me [if we’ll get back together]but we are so happy with the way we are now. We enjoy each other’s company; we let each other bloom. I know it sounds like a fairy tale, but that’s who we are.”
Young Victoria The star also called the Queen her “greatest mentor” years after the divorce. “I think to myself that, to be honest, my mother-in-law was more of a mother to me than my mother,” a Weight Watchers rep said on an August 2021 episode of the Tea with Twiggy podcast.[She’s] never hesitated.”
At the time, Ferguson spoke of Elizabeth’s support for her over the years, adding, “I absolutely admire how incredible Her Majesty is so modern… and how flexible, understanding, forgiving and generous she is.”
After 70 years on the British throne, Elizabeth died at her Balmoral estate in Scotland on 8 September. On the eve of her funeral, Andrew honored his mother with an emotional message.
“Dear Mommy, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one. Your Majesty, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve you,” he wrote in a statement on Sunday, September 18. “Mother of the nation, your devotion and personal service to our nation is unique and unrepeatable; your people show their love and respect in so many different ways, and I know you strive to honor their respect.”
His message continued: “Mom, your love for your son, your compassion, your care, your confidence, I will keep forever. I have found your knowledge and wisdom to be limitless, limitless and limitless. … I will miss your ideas, advice and humor. As our book of experience closes, another opens, and I will always hold you close to my heart with deepest love and gratitude, and I will gladly enter the next one with you as my guide.”
As members of the royal family honored Elizabeth, Ferguson took to social media to reflect on the Queen’s legacy. “I am heartbroken at the passing of Her Majesty the Queen,” she tweeted the same day. “She leaves behind an outstanding legacy: the most fantastic example of duty, service and resilience, and an unwavering continued presence as our Head of State for over 60 years.”
In a heartfelt message, the native of England praised the empress for having “selflessly given her whole life to the people” of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. “I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me, staying by my side even after my divorce,” she concluded. “I will miss her more than words can express.”
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