The Queen was pictured smiling and standing without her walking stick today as she was awarded a special ‘Canterbury Cross’ by Justin Welby after he was forced to miss her thanksgiving service due to Covid.

The Archbishop of Canterbury had been due to take the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral as part of the Platinum Jubilee weekend, but had to pull out when he was struck down with the disease.

Today he finally got the chance to congratulate Her Majesty face-to-face, as part of a meeting with Her Majesty at Windsor Castle, in which he praised her ‘unstinting’ service to the Church of England.

Her Majesty, who has recently faced mobility issues at the age of 96, was pictured smiling at he gave her a special citation to mark her Platinum Jubilee.

In the audience the Most Rev Welby gave the Queen the small silver cross, inspired by a 9th century Saxon brooch and incorporating a triquetra pattern, as a ‘heartfelt symbol’ of the church’s ‘love, loyalty and affection’.

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