The heartbreaking detail from the Queen’s appearance at Parliament you probably missed

Queen Elizabeth II ahead of the Queen's Speech in the House of Lord's Chamber during the State Opening of Parliament
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There was an utterly heartbreaking detail from the Queen’s appearance at the State Opening of Parliament following the death of her husband yesterday.

The Queen attended the State Opening of Parliament, following the death of her husband Prince Philip. They were married for 73 years (opens in new tab), and Her Majesty praised the Duke of Edinburgh for being her "strength and stay" throughout her reign. 

The Queen was accompanied by Prince Charles who stepped in for his father (opens in new tab) for the big event and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall. This is the fourth time Prince Charles has accompanied the Queen, but there was one heartbreaking detail you might have missed.

Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's Speech in the House of Lord's Chamber during the State Opening of Parliament

For the first time, the Consort's throne had been removed in the House of Lords. Normally Prince Philip would have sat beside the Queen, but the throne was removed and the Queen sat alone, on a solitary throne.

Prince Philip died aged 99 just two months before his 100th birthday and the Queen has finally been able to mourn, following his funeral, and has continued her royal engagements with the support of The Firm (opens in new tab).

The Queen celebrated her own 95th birthday (opens in new tab) in April and thanked well-wishers for their kind words and support.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales in the House of Lord's Chamber during the State Opening of Parliament

She said in her touching tribute, "While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.

"My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness shown to us in recent days. We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life."

Naomi Jamieson
Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a Trainee News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has worked with the team for seven months. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on fashion, wellbeing, and entertainment for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life and is training for an NCTJ Qualification.