Paying their respects. Prince Andrew Y Sarah Ferguson appeared with his daughters, princess beatrice Y princess eugenieat the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, September 19.
The Duke and Duchess of York, both 62, joined Beatrice, 34, and Eugenie, 32, at Westminster Abbey to honor the late monarch after previously meeting to look at floral tributes left outside the Windsor Castle on Friday 16th September.
During Monday’s memorial service, Andrew appeared in his morning suit instead of his military attire. He was previously granted permission to dress in his military attire at the final vigil on Saturday, September 17, out of respect for his mother.
Andrew and Ferguson previously exchanged vows at the same royal church in July 1986. After six years of marriage, the duo announced their decision to separate and officially divorced four years later in 1996.
the a gift of kindness Later, the author spoke about how she maintained a close bond with her ex-husband after their separation. “Although we are not a couple, we really believe in each other. The Yorks are a close family. We have proven it,” she told the daily mail in November 2018. “You saw him at the wedding. My duty is to him. I am very proud of him. I am by his side and always will be. Our way of being is our fairy tale.”
Ferguson continued: “A lot of people have asked me [if we’ll get back together], but we are very happy with the way we are now. We enjoy each other’s company; we allow each other to flourish. I know it sounds like a fairy tale, but that’s how we are.”
the young victory The star also referred to the queen as her “best mentor” years after their divorce. “I think honestly, my mother-in-law has been more of a mother to me than my mother,” a Weight Watchers spokesperson said on an August 2021 episode of the “Tea with Twiggy” podcast.[She’s] never wavered.”
At the time, Ferguson spoke of Elizabeth’s support of her over the years, adding: “I absolutely admire the incredible way Her Majesty is so modern…and how flexible, understanding, forgiving and generous.”
After 70 years on the British throne, Elizabeth passed away at her Balmoral estate in Scotland on September 8. Before her funeral, Andrew paid tribute to her mother with an emotional message.
“Dear Mommy, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one. Her Majesty, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve you,” she wrote in a statement on Sunday, September 18. “Mother of the Nation, her devotion and personal service to our nation is unique and singular; People of hers show her love and respect for her in many different ways and I know that she is looking to honor her respect.”
His message continued: “Mom, your love for a son, your compassion, your care, your trust I will treasure forever. I have found your infinite knowledge and wisdom, without limit or containment. … I will miss his insights, advice and humor. As our book of experiences closes, another opens, and I will always hold you close to my heart with my deepest love and gratitude, and will gladly move on to the next with you as my guide.”
As members of the royal family honored Elizabeth, Ferguson took to social media to reflect on the queen’s legacy. “I am heartbroken at the passing of Her Majesty the Queen,” she wrote via Twitter that same day. “She leaves an extraordinary legacy – the most fantastic example of duty, service and consistency, and a constant presence as our head of state for more than 60 years.”
In the heartfelt message, the native of England praised the sovereign for giving “her whole life selflessly to the people” of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. “I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me by staying close to me even after my divorce,” she concluded. “I will miss her more than words can express.”