Eagle-eyed fans spot heartbreaking detail during Prince William's royal engagement at Buckingham Palace

Prince William's royal engagement at Buckingham Palace has revealed a subtle sweet tribute to a member of the Royal Family

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Prince William's royal engagement at Buckingham Palace showed how the members of the Royal Family are continuing to pay tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh. 


The Duke of Cambridge presented a variety of awards to a number of individuals at Buckingham Palace on Friday, June 24, 2022. A post on Instagram revealed the recipients of these awards and images of these individuals receiving the highly coveted honors.

"Congratulations to all of the honours recipients who were presented with their insignia by The Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace today, including Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes CBE. Figen Murray OBE, a campaigner for greater security measures in public places after her son Martyn was killed in the Manchester Arena attack. Barbara Broccoli CBE and Professor Michael Wilson CBE, producers of the James Bond films. Paralympic skier Shona Brownlee MBE," the caption of the post read.

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Fans loved these images shared by the Royal Family, and many commented with their support for these deserving individuals. Other eagle-eyed fans were also quick to spot a unique detail in the background of one of the shots.

"Philip's throne chair is still there 🥺🥺" commented one royal fan who noticed that sitting behind the Duke and one of the CBE winners were two empty thrones.

There are two royal chairs that belong to the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II that sit in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace - which is where this royal event took place.

It appears that although Prince Philip died in April 2021, the Royals have decided not to move Prince Philip's chair from the throne room, and instead have left the chair next to the Queen's as a tribute to the late Prince.

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Duchess Camilla in the throne room in 2014

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The chairs are made from beechwood and the red cushions on top of the frames are made from crimson silk damask with a tasseled fringing in white and crimson. 

The Royal Family website (opens in new tab) further describes the ornate chairs. "Their upholstered arms are supported by turned gilt-wood balusters and the stretcher, which joins the two scrolled front legs, is carved with scrolls and has a cypher - ‘E’ for Elizabeth II - in the center," said the website explanation. 

It was then revealed that the letters on these thrones are specifically personalized for the individuals who are supposed to sit on them. It was explained, "their backs are embroidered with the ciphers ‘EIIR’ for Queen Elizabeth II on one chair, and ‘P’, for Prince Philip on the other enclosed by the symbol of the Order of the Garter."

The Queen's chair was made in 1953 for the coronation, and shortly after the coronation, the Duke of Edinburgh's chair was created to sit beside the Queen's. 

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