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Revealed: Queen, 94, made a private visit to Westminster Abbey

Her Majesty’s private tribute: Queen, 94, made unannounced visit to Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the burial of the unknown soldier hours before lockdown

  • The Queen, 94, made a private visit to Westminster Abbey on Wednesday
  • She was on hand to mark the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Soldier
  • Queen was seen leaving Windsor Castle yesterday and returning hours later
  • Monarch wore black, a colour reserved for mourning and remembrance services

The Queen made an unannounced visit to Westminster Abbey yesterday, it has emerged. 

The Queen, 94, travelled by car from Windsor Castle to London to commemorate the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior, according to the Court Circular. 

She was greeted by the Dean of Westminster Abbey, The Very Reverend David Hoyle.

The Unknown Soldier was buried at Westminster Abbey on 11 November 1920 but  lockdown restrictions mean commemorations had to take place in advance. 

Paying her respects: The Queen, 94, travelled by car from Windsor Castle to London to commemorate the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior, according to the Court Circular. The Queen was photographed leaving Windsor Castle yesterday (pictured) before returning two hours later but the reason for the outing was not announced

Tribute: The Unknown Soldier was buried at Westminster Abbey on 11 November 1920 but lockdown restrictions mean commemorations had to take place in advance. File image

The Queen was photographed leaving Windsor Castle yesterday before returning two hours later but the reason for the outing was not announced. 

She looked sombre in a black ensemble, typically only worn while in mourning, attending a funeral, or for Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday services. 

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 Queen has carried out only a handful of engagements since March and is expected to keep a low profile over the next month as she and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, spend lockdown together at Windsor Castle.  

The Duchess of Cornwall also carried out an engagement at Westminster Abbey yesterday, standing in for Prince Harry to visit the Field of Remembrance.

She then stood in front of crosses from the Graves of the Unknown as the Dean offered prayers, before solemnly laying her own cross of remembrance and bowing her head in reflection.

Royal commemorations: The Duchess of Cornwall also carried out an engagement at Westminster Abbey yesterday, standing in for Prince Harry to visit the Field of Remembrance 

A bugler played the Last Post, followed by a two-minute silence, and then Exhortation to Remembrance, as Big Ben chimed at 2pm.

 Afterwards the duchess toured the 308 plots filled with more than 60,000 crosses and symbols of all faiths, laid by staff and volunteers, with Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, President of The Poppy Factory.

Remembrance Sunday services, which are traditionally part of communal worship, cannot go ahead as planned on November 8 due to lockdown restrictions 

However, rather than being banned entirely the Government has set out a series of guidelines for local authorities and faith leaders hoping to hold the services.  

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