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Queen Elizabeth Opens Parliament with Prince Charles and Camilla by Her Side

Queen Elizabeth is marking her first official engagement outside of Windsor Castle since the death of her husband Prince Philip.

5/12/2021 6:15:00 AM

Queen Elizabeth marked her first official engagement outside of Windsor Castle since the death of her husband Prince Philip. The monarch attended the State Opening of Parliament in Westminster.

Queen Elizabeth is marking her first official engagement outside of Windsor Castle since the death of her husband Prince Philip.

Get push notifications with news, features and more.+FollowingYou'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications.The Queen -- in a lavender colored day dress and matching hat rather than the full ceremonial dress and crown -- poignantly sat alone on a Throne in the House of Lords. Her son and Camilla (both in masks) seated a few yards to her left. The Imperial State Crown, signifying the regalia of the Head of State, was placed on a table next to her.

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Charles, 72, and Camilla, 73, have escorted the Queen to the formal ceremony before, but Tuesday's event will take on a new significance as it will clearly underline how the senior royals are stepping in to be alongside her at key moments in the wake of the Duke of Edinburgh's death last month.

Charles and CamillaQueen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall| Credit: CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via GettyA former senior aide at the palacepreviously told PEOPLE, "Her family will step up and be by her side, but she will carry on. She understands that she has a job to do, and [Philip] would have wanted her to crack on. She did do so when he retired from public life."

A close royal insider added, "She will never abdicate because of duty and honor and public service is so deep in her, as it was for him."Queen Elizabeth II and Britain's Prince CharlesCredit: RICHARD POHLE/POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesRELATED: The Real Story Behind the Viral Photo of Queen Elizabeth Giggling Next to Prince Philip in Uniform

The State Opening of Parliament is a key moment in the political and constitutional calendar as it sees the Sovereign, as head of state, outline the main legislation that the serving U.K. Government (led currently by Prime Minister Boris Johnson) wishes to introduce over the coming months. As she set out the U.K.'s Government's priorities for the coming months in the 10 minute speech, she begun by saying the administration's priority is to deliver a post-COVID recovery.

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