Welcome back, Your Majesty!
The Queen returned to London earlier this week after spending just over three months at the Royal Family’s Balmoral estate in the Scottish Highlands. On Oct. 11, the 93-year-old monarch looked refreshed and very happy as she stepped out to her first post-holiday engagement in London, where she opened a new housing development for British veterans and ex-servicemembers.
Her Majesty sported a beautiful cornflower blue coat by Angela Kelly, which she paired with a matching hat decorated with a lovely green feather adornment. Upon arrival at the Haig Housing Trust, she was handed a multicoloured bouquet and showed off a huge smile. It certainly helps that the block has been named Queen Elizabeth Terrace in her honour – well-deserved, too! The Queen has been a patron of Haig Housing since 1952. For more than 100 years, it has helped veterans and their families access affordable, accessible housing in the UK.
Elizabeth loves royal duties and always has, and she certainly looked pleased as punch to be opening the residences! The 70 homes at the new development have been designed to house severely wounded and disabled veterans, which is a cause that’s close to members of the Royal Family’s hearts – especially the Queen’s grandson, Prince Harry. It’s easy to see why she was so proud of him for founding the Invictus Games, which gives wounded vets and ex-servicemembers the chance to compete in sports.
The Queen also met with veterans – one of them, Ken Souter, just turned 100 and fought in World War II. When someone turns 100, they get a special birthday card from Her Majesty, who told Ken she was happy to see his card arrived “on time.” What a joker!
This is the first of two events Her Majesty will attend over the next week. On Oct. 15, she and Duchess Camilla will step out to a rare joint engagement at Westminster Abbey, where they’ll attend a special service to mark its 750th anniversary. Elizabeth has been around for about an eighth of the Abbey’s time standing. Isn’t that amazing?