Queen Elizabeth Makes First Public Appearance of the Year as Prince Philip Continues Recovery at Home
Queen Elizabeth is out and about!
The monarch made her first public appearance of the year (and only one of a handful of in-person outings since the COVID-19 pandemic began) on Wednesday to mark the Centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force at the CWGC Air Forces Memorial in Surrey, a short drive from Windsor Castle where she is staying with husband Prince Philip, 99
The Queen, who will celebrate her 95th birthday on April 21, wore a ready-for-spring ensemble, a light green coat, and a matching wide-brimmed hat adorned with yellow flowers
She accessorized with the Australian wattle brooch, representing the national flower of Australia — and of course, her signature gloves and Launer handbag
Although the Queen did not wear a face mask, the ceremony was socially distanced. The monarch received her COVID-19 vaccination in January
After a wreath was laid on Queen Elizabeth’s behalf, she viewed panels bearing the names of Australian war dead and a display of fallen airmen and women in the memorial cloister
She also met with Royal Australian Air Force personnel and signed a commemorative document