Queen attends Commonwealth War Graves memorial
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Queen Elizabeth II, 94, delighted fans by making a surprise outing on Wednesday – her first since the start of 2021. After lockdown measures were eased in England allowing up to six people to meet outdoors, the Queen attended a special ceremony to mark 100 years of the Royal Australian Air Force.
Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer tweeted about the Queen’s surprise engagement.
He wrote: “The Queen is undertaking only her third official engagement outside a royal residence in more than a year.
“She is attending a service at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Air Forces memorial at Runnymede to mark the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force.”
The Queen and Prince Philip, 99, have been based at Windsor Castle for the best part of the pandemic.
But the Duke of Edinburgh only recently returned to live with the Queen after spending a month in hospital from February 16 to March 16.
As well as the Duke’s stint in hospital, the Queen was dealt a further blow in recent weeks after Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, made damning claims about the royal Household during their sitdown with Oprah Winfrey.
Despite having had a trying start to the year, the Queen displayed remarkable resilience and showed she had nerves of steel during her first outing of the year, an expert has claimed.
Body language expert and author Judi James analysed a clip of the Queen’s latest public engagement and shared her insights with Express.co.uk.
Judi said: “On her first public appearance of the year the Queen’s body language and demeanour suggest almost unfeasible levels of resilience and strength as she stands to the playing of the anthem wearing a steely eye expression and a firm mouth-clamp that looks carved out of granite.”
According to Judi, the Queen took the ceremony “calmly” and “in her stride.”
The expert added: “Standing to anthems is a tough call for anyone but even at the Queen’s age she appears to take it all in her stride.”
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Judi added: “With her hands folded calmly in front of her torso, there is only a very slight rocking of her body here, which is natural for anyone at any age, especially when standing with the feet together as the Queen will always do.”
The Queen’s body language mirrored that of late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Judi claimed.
She said: “There is something almost Churchillian about her profile here.
“It’s an unwavering pose of continuity that very much reflects her enhanced popularity following the recent dramas.”
How will the Queen mark Easter?
The Queen is the head of the Church of England and is expected to commemorate Easter in private.
While the Royal Family traditionally comes together for an Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel, the reunion will not take place this year due to the pandemic.
Instead, the Queen and Prince Philip are expected to spend a quiet day together at Windsor Castle.
There are two chapels on the Windsor estate where the Queen will be able to worship in private.
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