Prince Philip leads the Queen to Eugenie’s wedding despite long-running conflict with her mom
Prince Philip made an appearance at his grandaughter's royal wedding despite his retirement from royal duties and the long-standing drama surrounding him and Sarah Ferguson.
The 97-year-old Duke of Edinburgh accompanied the Queen to Princess Eugenie's wedding ceremony with groom Jack Brooksbank in Windsor on Friday.
Despite his official retirement from public duties last year, the Daily Mail reported that Philip looked like he was happy to be on the festive occasion.
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Not even the presence of Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, kept him away.
Prior to the big day, rumors spread that Philip might have stayed home due to the tension between him and Ferguson.
The Prince wore a black tuxedo suit with tails paired with full-length grey pants. His tie was a light blue and he donned black shoes.
He shared a laugh with Prince Charles and a chat with the Dean of Windsor, David Connor, before settling in at the start of the ceremony.
Philip sat directly behind 58-year-old Ferguson in the St. George's Chapel throughout the ceremony.
The Duke of Edinburgh is said to hold a grudge against Ferguson for a photograph she allowed in which John Bryan, a financial adviser, kissed her feet in 1992.
The Queen and Prince Philip - she’s in ice blue Angela Kelly pic.twitter.com/zmclI9hpMB— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) October 12, 2018
She subsequently got divorced from the Duke's son, paving the way for a decades-long rocky relationship with the Queen's consort.
Prince Philip passes the majority of his days at Sandringham. He received a health scare in April 2018 which led to a hip surgery.
His health improved and he was seen alongside the Queen in Scotland during the summer.
The aged Prince is well-adored by Princess Eugenie, so despite how unsure his attendance was, it's not a shock he made the effort to be there for his beloved granddaughter.
He even agreed to take a picture alongside Ferguson for official wedding photos. It will be the first time in 26 years that they appear in photos together.
And while some are worried about the tension between the two, the royal fashion police is on the lookout for images of Ferguson's quirky headwear.
Like her dress, the hat's color is emerald. But it's the two winged protrusions that extend outwards which took the internet by storm.
Fergie sends social media wild with her VERY unusual choice of hat https://t.co/0GladrwKxH— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) October 12, 2018
The extremely popular fantasy novel series "Harry Potter," was brought up when many online compared the hat to a golden snitch.
The live, winged golden ball is part of the fictional game called "Quidditch" which J.K. Rowling created for the book.
It might have been Princess Eugenie's big wedding day, but it was her mother Sarah Ferguson's winged hat that sparked memes on social media: https://t.co/25HF6FviId— USA TODAY Life (@usatodaylife) October 12, 2018
The attendees of the royal wedding are expected to continue celebrations long into the night for a black-tie evening reception.
Then the festivities move into the entire day on Saturday when a festival-style event featuring fairgrounds and food stalls will take place.