Queen in secret visit to Westminster Abbey hours before second lockdown begins

The Queen paid a secret visit to Westminster Abbey on Wednesday hours before England's second lockdown.

Her Majesty, 94, was pictured leaving Windsor Castle yesterday to commemorate 100 years since the Unknown Soldier was buried.

Dressed in all black, The Queen was chauffeured in a Range Rover to London where she was welcomed to pay her respects by the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the Very Reverend David Hoyle, the Court Circular reported.

The Court Circular for November 4 reads: "The Queen this morning commemorated the Centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey, London SW1, and was received at the Great West Door by the Dean of Westminster (the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle)."

The national lockdown introduced after midnight on Thursday morning, forced any formal visits to the abbey to be brought forward or postponed.

The Unknown Soldier died on a European battlefield during the Great War before being brought back to Britain for burial at Westminster Abbey on November 11 1920.

Prince Harry has previously represented the royal family each year to honour the soldier but having quit from all duties, he was replaced on Wednesday by The Duchess of Cornwall.

Camilla was pictured looking out onto the Field of Remembrance, standing in front of crosses from the Graves of the Unknown, before placing her own cross of remembrance and bowing her head.

The Queen who returned to Windsor Castle two hours later will have to spend the second national lockdown restrictions within her 'HMS Bubble'.

The Duke of Edinburgh travelled to Berkshire from Sandringham on Monday to join Her Majesty, a move a Buckingham Palace spokesman said had been planned for a while.

A source had previously told The Sun on Sunday : "Philip is keen to spend his anniversary with the Queen.

“They spent seven months together in HMS Bubble due to Covid-19 this year and only been apart for a few weeks now.

“It is also seen as a chance for staff at Sandringham to have a break so that they will feel better about working at Christmas. But Christmas is still up in the air.”

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