Queen gives Prince Edward special mention as Earl steps up for Firm while his mother rests

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Since October 20, where she was hospitalised overnight, Her Majesty has been advised to rest by doctors. As a result, other royals have carried out duties while the monarch rests.

The Earl of Wessex visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park to open their new sea lion facility on Thursday

In a post to their website, the park thanked Edward for his visit and detailed his visit.

As well as opening the sea lion park, Edward paid a visit to Project Polar for a close encounter with two of the Park’s eight bears, feeding them sausages.

He then joined an education session attended by year ten pupils from Hayfield Secondary School at the Discovery Education Centre.

John Minion, CEO of the park, said: “We were honoured to have The Earl of Wessex visit Yorkshire Wildlife Park. It was lovely to see him interact with the wildlife at the park and learn more about all the conservation we are currently involved with.

“The Earl was wonderfully engaging with all the members of staff that he met and genuinely interested in the animals and our conservation work.

“And he was super with the Hayfield school students – they will never forget that as he visited every group of students.

“We would like to thank all those who have helped us grow to what we are now.”

On Friday, the Queen’s official Twitter account paid special mention to her youngest’s visit to Yorkshire.

A post read: “The Earl of Wessex visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park yesterday to officially open their new sea lion facility, Point Lomos.

“His Royal Highness even took the opportunity to lend a hand at feeding time!

“Point Lomos is the world’s largest filtrated sea lion complex and home to 6 sea lions.”

On Thursday, it emerged the Queen had been given the all-clear to fly to Sandringham for her first journey away since October 20.

According to the Telegraph, Her Majesty is understood to be enjoying a planned private weekend away following the cancellation of public engagements.

It is understood that the Royal Standard will remain flying at Windsor Castle for the weekend, a sign that the Queen’s court remains in residence even if she does not.

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