With Anne at her side, the Queen’s on sparkling form

Daily Mail - - Life - By Re­becca English Royal Cor­re­spon­dent

IT was one of her first public en­gage­ments with­out Prince Philip since his re­tire­ment. But if the Queen was feel­ing un­easy with­out her hus­band by her side, she wasn’t show­ing it.

Ac­com­pa­nied by Princess Anne, she beamed through a re­cep­tion at the Army and Navy Club in Pall Mall to mark the cen­te­nary of the Women’s Royal Navy Ser­vice and the Women’s Aux­il­iary Army Corp.

Meet­ing three sprightly ladies – aged 90, 92 and 94 – who, like her, served in the Aux­il­iary Ter­ri­to­rial Ser­vice dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, the Queen, 91, smiled and re­marked: ‘You’re look­ing well on it.’ ‘And so, may I say, are you,’ said Joan De-Val, a youth­ful­look­ing 92.

Since Philip re­tired from public du­ties in July at the age of 96, it is ex­pected that their four chil­dren will reg­u­larly step in to sup­port the Queen. While Anne, 67, left her mother to do what she is best at last night, the two women of­ten ex­changed lit­tle smiles and af­fec­tion­ate glances.

On Wed­nes­day it was re­vealed that the Queen will no longer lay a wreath at the Ceno­taph on Remembrance Sun­day, in an­other con­ces­sion to her age.

‘Her chil­dren will step in’

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