Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a Service for Members of the Order of Merit at the Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace on May 4th in London. Afterwards, the Queen and Duke hosted a luncheon for those attending the Service. The Order of Merit recognizes distinguished service in the armed forces, science, art, literature, or for the promotion of culture, and is the personal gift of the Queen. There can be only 24 living members of the Order, with a limited number of honorary members. It was announced earlier in the day that the Duke of Edinburgh is to retire from official duties this Autumn.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh attended a Service for Members of the Order of Merit at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace. Afterwards, the Queen and Duke met guests and hosted a luncheon for those attending the Service.
The Queen wore lilac Stewart Parvin coat over a lilac dress and a Rachel Trevor Morgan hat, pairing her Three Strand Pearl Necklace with the Queen Mother’s Palm Leaf Brooch. The Duke of Edinburgh wore a navy suit with a blue striped tie and the neck badge of the Order of Merit.