The Queen was a vision in purple as she attended church in Balmoral today – her first public appearance since agreeing to suspend Parliament in the run-up to Brexit earlier this week.
Her Majesty, 93, was joined by Prince Charles, 70, as well as Princess Anne, 69, and her husband Tim Lawrence, 64, a retired Royal Navy officer.
She sported a bright plum-coloured suit and accessorised with her signature pearls and an elegant brooch as she and her family made their way through rain-soaked Crathie Kirk to the local church.
On Wednesday the Queen approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s shock move to suspend Parliament for 23 working days in the week beginning September 9 – a move which has sparked thousands of protests across the UK.
The Queen was a vision in purple as she attended church in Balmoral today – her first public appearance since agreeing to suspend Parliament in the run-up to Brexit earlier this week
Her Majesty, 93, was joined by Prince Charles, 70, as well as Princess Anne, 69, pictured, and her husband Tim Lawrence
Parts of the capital were brought to a standstill yesterday, with people chanting: ‘Boris Johnson, shame on you’, while others took to the streets in Manchester, Leeds, York and Belfast.
The carefully choreographed move saw Jacob Rees-Mogg fly to Balmoral to present the plan to the Queen in person after Her Majesty had a telephone meeting with Mr Johnson.
Former Chancellor Philip Hammond said Parliament would now seek to move anti-no-deal legislation against the Prime Minister next week, although he added he was ‘not interested in bringing down the government’.
The government will prorogue this unusually long, two-year session of Parliament by September 12, which will be followed by a five week break and a Queen Speech on October 14.
Prince Charles drove to church in Balmoral earlier this morning, sporting a smart grey suit with a red and green tie and blue thistle on his lapel
Tim Lawrence, 64, a retired Royal Navy officer, rode in the front of the chauffer-driven Royal Bentley, while his wife and the Queen sat in the back
Prince Charles made his way to church in a grey Audi – his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was absent, having attended church with her husband last week
The PM insisted the new session was required to bring forward new legislation on the NHS, policing and education and said there would still be ‘plenty of time’ to debate Brexit.
But the timetable leaves Remainers only a maximum of five days to enact the plan they agreed upon earlier this week to seize control of the government order paper and pass legislation to prevent No Deal.
In Scotland today Princess Anne joined her mother in the back of the Royal Bentley and was clearly feeling the autumn chill in the air, dressing in a fur-lined brown jacket, gloves and a stylish tan trilby, while her husband Tim rode in the front beside the chauffeur.
Prince Charles travelled in a separate car with a male companion – this week without his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Prince Andrew was absent from church today, having returned to official royal duties earlier this week while attempting to ride out the storm over his friendship with the late billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was facing sex trafficking charges.
The Prince of Wales was joined by a male companion and seen waving to the crowds. He is currently spending his summer holidays at their Scottish home, Birkhall, on the Balmoral Estate
A number of local well-wishers gathered along the road to wave to the royal procession as it passed by, with many waving flags
The Queen sported a bright plum-coloured suit as she and her family made their way through rain-soaked Crathie Kirk to visit the local church
Earlier this week we told how Prince Charles has teamed up with ‘1980s Camden punk’ fashion designers to create a sustainable clothing line made from Highgrove nettles
On Wednesday the Queen approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s shock move to suspend Parliament at some point for 23 working days in the week beginning September 9 – a move which has sparked thousands of protests across the UK
The Queen was all smiles as she drove through the streets of Cathie Kirk, and waved to onlookers who had gathered to watch the royal procession
Princess Anne joined her mother in the back of the Royal Bentley and was clearly feeling the autumn chill in the air, dressing in a fur-lined brown jacket and a stylish tan trilby
Prince Andrew looked in high spirits as he returned to official royal duties at the Royal Dartmouth Regatta in Devon on Friday – while attempting to ride out the storm over his friendship with late billionaire Jeffrey Epstein
Andrew has faced repeated allegations that he had sex three times with a 17-year-old Virginia Roberts, who is now a 36-year-old married mother of three called Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
He strenuously denies the allegations of ‘impropriety with underage minors’, branding them ‘categorically untrue’ and his friends have suggested he is the victim of a ‘witch-hunt’.
Andrew returned from Spain on Wednesday after a two-week golfing retreat in Sotogrande with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson as the scandal involving Epstein intensified.
On Friday the Duke of York oversaw celebrations at the Dartmouth Royal Regatta in Devon, of which he is a patron.
Today sources close to the Queen claimed she will be ‘concerned and distressed’ by the Epstein affair as it ‘brings a lasting whiff of scandal to the monarchy’.
A friend of the Queen told the Sunday Times: ‘You’ve got a serious crime linked to the kind of behaviour towards women that people feel particularly strongly about at the moment.
‘Andrew’s association with [Epstein] is deeply damaging and he needs to deal with it.’
Kate Middleton, 37, was all smiles as she joined the Queen, 93, and husband Prince William, 37, as they made their way to Crathie church near Balmoral Castle last week
Her Majesty (pictured), 93, who opted for a bright pink outfit for the occasion, accessorised with a pearl necklace and matching earrings
Kate looked elegant in a dark-coloured coat and chic fascinator which complemented her trendy outfit as she showed off a big grin and waved to the crowds
The Queen usually heads to the Scottish retreat of Balmoral every summer and has been seen regularly attending church on Sundays with various members of her family.
Last week she was joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and dressed for the bank holiday heatwave in a bright pink ensemble.
Kate opted for a £225 midi green peacock-patterned shirt dress by designer Michael Kors and coordinated her outfit with a stylish fascinator and wrapped up in a navy coat featuring gold button detail – despite the hot weather conditions.