Buckingham Palace has a meticulously-orchestrated 'military-style' plan in place to take the Queen to Prince Philip 's memorial service which includes flying her in a helicopter and using a private screen to shield her from photographers.
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Operation Abbey: The meticulously-orchestrated military-style plan to take the Queen to Prince Philip’s memorial service using a helicopter and private screen

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Buckingham Palace has a meticulously-orchestrated 'military-style' plan in place to take the Queen to Prince Philip 's memorial service which includes flying her in a helicopter and using a private screen to shield her from photographers.

Buckingham Palace has a meticulously-orchestrated ‘military-style’ plan in place to take the Queen to Prince Philip ‘s memorial service which includes flying her in a helicopter and using a private screen to shield her from photographers.

Ahead of the event, which takes place on March 29, the 95-year-old monarch is expected to be flown 15 minutes by helicopter from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace (pictured).

Ahead of the event, which takes place on March 29, the 95-year-old monarch is expected to be flown 15 minutes by helicopter from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace (pictured).  

The head of state will then be driven the short distance from the Palace to Westminster Abbey, reports the Sun on Sunday.

The head of state will then be driven the short distance from the Palace to Westminster Abbey, reports the Sun on Sunday. 

The entire Dean's Yard will be sealed off under the plans, which also include six-foot privacy screens and a potential football-style tunnel which would block any photographer's view as she exits her vehicle.

The entire Dean’s Yard will be sealed off under the plans, which also include six-foot privacy screens and a potential football-style tunnel which would block any photographer’s view as she exits her vehicle. 

Aides then believe she can be delivered into the Abbey at Poets' Corner and needs only a short walk to take her seat in The Sanctuary. Whether she can be seated before the audience arrives rather than arriving last, as is tradition, is also being explored.

Aides then believe she can be delivered into the Abbey at Poets’ Corner and needs only a short walk to take her seat in The Sanctuary. Whether she can be seated before the audience arrives rather than arriving last, as is tradition, is also being explored.

One source told the Mail on Sunday that Her Majesty does not want to be seen in public in a wheelchair over fears of replicating a 'haunting' photo (seen here) taken of her late sister Princess Margaret in the months before her death.

One source told the Mail on Sunday that Her Majesty does not want to be seen in public in a wheelchair over fears of replicating a ‘haunting’ photo (seen here) taken of her late sister Princess Margaret in the months before her death. 

A source who remembers the occasion told the Mail on Sunday: 'The optics were terrible. Margaret - who was known for glamorous good looks that had lasted well into middle age - had never been seen in such a way. 'It was supposed to be about the Queen Mother but all anyone saw was a sadly declining Princess Margaret,' the source said. Pictured: The Queen with her sister Margaret (in yellow) in 1996.

A source who remembers the occasion told the Mail on Sunday: ‘The optics were terrible. Margaret – who was known for glamorous good looks that had lasted well into middle age – had never been seen in such a way. ‘It was supposed to be about the Queen Mother but all anyone saw was a sadly declining Princess Margaret,’ the source said. Pictured: The Queen with her sister Margaret (in yellow) in 1996.

It comes after the Queen pulled out of the Commonwealth Day service last week over concerns for her 'comfort' on the 60-mile trip, and whether she could manage having to sit in Westminster Abbey for more than an hour.

It comes after the Queen pulled out of the Commonwealth Day service last week over concerns for her ‘comfort’ on the 60-mile trip, and whether she could manage having to sit in Westminster Abbey for more than an hour. 

But she is determined, sources say, to attend the thanksgiving service for the Duke of Edinburgh (pictured), who died last April at the age of 99.

But she is determined, sources say, to attend the thanksgiving service for the Duke of Edinburgh (pictured), who died last April at the age of 99. 

The Queen wants to walk for as long as possible and has so far ruled out using a wheelchair in public. But according to the Sun, the option of assistance has been explored so she can get around The Cloisters, the south and east parts, more rapidly and in comfort.

The Queen wants to walk for as long as possible and has so far ruled out using a wheelchair in public. But according to the Sun, the option of assistance has been explored so she can get around The Cloisters, the south and east parts, more rapidly and in comfort.

Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, told the Sun: 'Understandably, the Queen doesn't want to be seen in a wheelchair. But as the Head of State and someone who wants to be seen and needs to be seen, she might concede to a wheelchair. The best way of doing that is to make sure there are no photographs taken.

Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, told the Sun: ‘Understandably, the Queen doesn’t want to be seen in a wheelchair. But as the Head of State and someone who wants to be seen and needs to be seen, she might concede to a wheelchair. The best way of doing that is to make sure there are no photographs taken.

'This could be a dress rehearsal for everything at the Platinum Jubilee. I think she wants to go as she knows Philip would want her to be there,' Ingrid continued. 'She will be thinking that if it was her thanksgiving ceremony, he would move Heaven and Earth to make sure he was there.'

‘This could be a dress rehearsal for everything at the Platinum Jubilee. I think she wants to go as she knows Philip would want her to be there,’ Ingrid continued. ‘She will be thinking that if it was her thanksgiving ceremony, he would move Heaven and Earth to make sure he was there.’

She continued: 'She would really hate to miss it. It is a headache for her staff as it would be difficult for anyone of her age who suffers mobility problems. It would be a painful process for her.'

She continued: ‘She would really hate to miss it. It is a headache for her staff as it would be difficult for anyone of her age who suffers mobility problems. It would be a painful process for her.’

The Queen – known as 'Reader One' in Government terms – still receives a daily red box of official papers to sign and her Royal Assent is still required on Bills passing through Parliament. (Charles is Reader Two.)

The Queen – known as ‘Reader One’ in Government terms – still receives a daily red box of official papers to sign and her Royal Assent is still required on Bills passing through Parliament. (Charles is Reader Two.)

'Prince Charles will often stay over at Windsor now if he's visiting and will spend time with his mother rather than going back to Highgrove,' said a source. Prince William, too, is at Windsor more often, the source said.

‘Prince Charles will often stay over at Windsor now if he’s visiting and will spend time with his mother rather than going back to Highgrove,’ said a source. Prince William, too, is at Windsor more often, the source said.

The Queen also enjoys the company of her dresser, Angela Kelly, a docker's daughter from Liverpool known to amuse the head of state with her down-to-earth wit.

The Queen also enjoys the company of her dresser, Angela Kelly, a docker’s daughter from Liverpool known to amuse the head of state with her down-to-earth wit.

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