Fact check photos do not show Queen Elizabeth at Prince Philip’s funeral

Photos of Queen Elizabeth shedding tears on Remembrance Sunday in 2002, 2017 and 2019 are being circulated on social media as if it were Prince Philip’s funeral.

The reports (here, here), many of which were posted on the day of Philip’s funeral, show four photos of Queen Elizabeth crying with captions, including ” sadness is the price we pay for love ‘… Queen Elizabeth II . Top 10 photos of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-queen-photo-funeral/fact-check-photos-do-not-show-queen-elizabeth-at-prince-philips-funeral-idUSL1N2ME0J8″And” Sad moment, but the queen was so elegant. ”

The Queen bids farewell to Philip, her 73-year-old husband, on April 17 during a funeral in Windsor (here).

Red poppies can be seen on the left shoulder of the queen in three of the photos shared on social media. In the photo at the bottom right, where no poppies are seen, the gold buckle on her hat is only visible, while photos from Philip’s funeral here show that she did not have such a buckle on her hat during the funeral. The queen also wore a mask at Philips’ funeral, as seen here and here, which she does not wear on social media photos.

Papavers is a symbol of Remembrance Sunday, when all four photos were actually taken. The photos at the top left and bottom right of the collage shared on social media were both taken during a memorial Sunday service in Westminster, London, on November 7, 2002, as seen here and here on The Telegraph and Getty Images.

The photo above right and bottom left shows the Queen during the annual Memorial Sunday service at The Cenotaph, London, on 10 November 2019 and 12 November 2017 respectively, as seen here and here on Getty Images.


Failure. The photos were taken on Remembrance Sunday in 2002, 2017 and 2019, not during Prince Philip’s funeral.

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