Queen Elizabeth II has issued her first solo public statement since the death of her husband, Prince Philip, on Friday, April 9.
His Majesty sent a statement of support to the people of the Commonwealth country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines after they experienced a series of volcanic eruptions.
“I have been saddened by the destruction and great disruption caused by volcanic eruptions in recent days, and my thoughts go out to the many individuals and families who have been evacuated from their homes and whose livelihoods have been affected,” said the Reina in her statement obtained by Fox News. “I send my thanks to the emergency services and everyone involved in the relief effort.”
“My prayers will remain with the people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at this very difficult time,” he added.
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Normally, his statements began with “The Duke of Edinburgh and I”.
The La Soufriere volcano is located in the northern region of the island and has forced people to evacuate due to the ash falling on the city.
Prince Philip died on April 9 at Windsor Castle. He was 99 years old.
He and the Queen were married for 73 years and he was the longest-serving consort (spouse) in British history.
Since April 9, Queen Elizabeth has been in the middle of an eight-day mourning period until her funeral scheduled for April 17 at Windsor Castle.
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“It is with deep regret that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” her statement read at the time. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
Attendance at Philip’s funeral is limited to 30 due to coronavirus restrictions.
On Thursday, it was revealed that royals are required to wear plainclothes for the funeral, easing potential tensions over who might wear military uniforms.
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The list of attendees includes Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
Meghan Markle was advised by a doctor not to attend due to her pregnancy.