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Queen Elizabeth and Princess Anne Attend Service at Westminster Abbey

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Queen Elizabeth II gave a virtual speech at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. Buckingham Palace via Getty Images. The Queen paid tribute to the late Prince Philip with a butterfly brooch at a virtual appearance. Her Majesty's brooch was reportedly a wedding gift from the Dowager Countess of Onslow. Did Queen Elizabeth Send a Signal About Grief with Butterflies ?

Did Queen Elizabeth Send a Signal About Grief with Butterflies ? The Palace Weighs In . Article.

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Queen Elizabeth kept her late husband Prince Philip close as she spoke about his environmental work in a new video message — with a butterfly motif appearing prominently.

The monarch, 95, addressed attendees at the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow at an evening reception on Monday via a video she recorded after confirming she would not attend due to health concerns.

For the speech, the Queen wore a butterfly brooch with ties to her husband of 73 years.

Though some have speculated the brooch was meant to symbolize a sense of rebirth for the Queen nearly seven months after Philip's death in April at age 99, or that the Duke of Edinburgh has moved onto a more peaceful place, the palace clarified to PEOPLE that the Queen did not intend that reading.

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Did Queen Elizabeth Send a Signal About Grief with Butterflies ? The Palace Weighs In . Article.

But it was the royal family's heartfelt grief that most reverberated throughout the historic chapel. At one point, a visibly distraught Sophie, Countess of Wessex — who was seated alongside her husband, Prince Edward (Philip's youngest son) and their children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn — removed her mask to wipe her tears. Did Queen Elizabeth Send a Signal About Grief with Butterflies ?

Still, the accessory did hold a deep personal meaning — the diamond and ruby brooch was a wedding present from the Countess of Onslow for the couple's 1947's wedding.

Also invoking the delicate insects: a 1988 photo of Prince Philip surrounded by monarch butterflies in Mexico during a trip to support a conservation group in his role as President of World Wildlife Fund. The photo, which was displayed on the Queen's desk in the COP26 video, was released on the royal family's social media pages following Philip's death as part of the tribute to his life.

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During her speech, Queen Elizabeth honored Prince Philip's great passion for the environment — a crusade he passed down to his children and grandchildren.

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Amid reports that the monarch will be accompanied by family members at future engagements, a former senior aide at the palace tells PEOPLE, "Her family will step up and be by her side, but she will carry on. She understands that she has a job to do , and [Philip] would have wanted her to crack on. Did Queen Elizabeth Send a Signal About Grief with Butterflies ?

Queen Elizabeth has “reluctantly accepted medical advice” to rest for a few days, according to a surprise announcement from Buckingham Palace that added the queen ’s undisclosed ailment is “not COVID related.” Did Queen Elizabeth Send a Signal About Grief with Butterflies ?

"The impact of the environment on human progress was a subject close to the heart of my dear late husband," she said.

The Queen shared a memory from when Philip spoke with an academic gathering at an early point in his half-century-long campaign to fight climate change. Now, decades later, she emphasized, "If we fail to cope with this challenge, all the other problems will pale into insignificance."

"It is a source of great pride to me that the leading role my husband played in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet lives on through the work of our eldest son, Charles, and his eldest son, William," she continued. "I could not be more proud of them."

She added, "Indeed, I have drawn great comfort and inspiration from the relentless enthusiasm of people of all ages — especially the young — in calling for everyone to play their part."

Queen Elizabeth wore a neon green dress and a butterfly brooch with a special hidden meaning during a speech to world leaders

  Queen Elizabeth wore a neon green dress and a butterfly brooch with a special hidden meaning during a speech to world leaders Her Majesty's brooch may have been a subtle tribute to Prince Philip, who died earlier this year at the age of 99.The 95-year-old monarch wore a butterfly-shaped diamond and ruby brooch which was a wedding present from the Dowager Countess of Onslow, Harper's Bazaar reports. Elizabeth and the late Prince Philip tied the knot on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey.

Exactly why the Queen was hospitalized was not specified, as she is entitled to medical privacy, but she was back at her desk the next day, and earlier this week, she held two virtual engagements. Today, Buckingham Palace shared the the Queen has been advised to rest for two more weeks, but she will continue to undertake "light, desk-based duties." Did Queen Elizabeth Send a Signal About Grief with Butterflies ?

The Queen's granddaughter Princess Eugenie shared her support following the speech on her Instagram Story.

"Brilliant beginning to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference," Eugenie, 31, captioned a share of the monarch's speech.

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The Queen announced last week that she "regretfully" decided not to attend the conference after being advised by doctors to rest. After an overnight hospitalization on October 20, Buckingham Palace announced Friday that the monarch has been "advised that she should continue to rest for at least the next two weeks." She was spotted driving solo around the grounds of Windsor Castle on Monday.

The Queen plans to the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, November 14, and will continue to undertake light duties from Windsor Castle.

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