Queen ‘missed Philip during family drama’ in ‘tough’ first year without him, says expert


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Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died on April 9 last year with his official cause of death listed as old age, and today the Queen will mark the day quietly and in private

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It’s been a year since the Queen lost her “strength and stay”, her beloved husband Prince Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away at Windsor Castle on the morning of April 9, with his official cause of death recorded as old age. He was 99 and just months away from celebrating his 100th birthday.

The past 12 months have been far from easy for the Monarch, and she entered the 70th year of her reign a mourning widow.

And she’s also had a huge amount of family to deal with, with more scandal surrounding her favorite son Prince Andrew and legal case after legal case from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

To mark the first anniversary of the tragic day, royal expert Ingrid Seward, author of Prince Philip Revealed: A Man of His Century, has reflected on the Queen’s first year without the Duke of Edinburgh by her side.

She tells The Mirror: “On the morning of 9th April 2021, Prince Philip was being helped to his bathroom when he complained of feeling unwell. He was returned to his bed where he died shortly afterwards.

“‘It was as if someone took him by the hand and off he went.’ Sophie Wessex explained afterwards: ‘It was ‘very peaceful’.

“After 74 years of marriage the Queen had lost the man she had fallen in love with at the tender age of 13 when she watched him jump over the tennis nets at Dartmouth Navel College in 1939.

“The Queen’s reaction to her ‘beloved’ Philip’s death was typically stoic and set in motion what was called ‘Operation London Forth Bridge’.

“The pandemic was still gripping the country and his funeral at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor was all the more moving for its wall down form. Grief is a strange thing and for the Queen intensely private.







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The Queen and Prince Philip ‘miles apart’ with Duke living a ‘separate life’
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“The first time she spoke with emotion was in November in a recorded message from Windsor Castle when she praised her ‘dear late husband’ in a recorded message for the climate conference. She commended his work for encouraging people to protect ‘our fragile planet. ‘

“In her Christmas message eight months later, she revealed real emotion. ‘That mischievous, inquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when I first set eyes on him.’ She said. ‘His sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation were all irrepressible.’

“He made her laugh. He made her position tenable. When she worried about the family, he consoled her in his matter-of-fact way. She missed his wise council when Prince Andrew’s dramas reached their peak and he looked determined to go into court She missed it again when Prince Charles’s main charity fundraiser Michael Fawcett was accused of offering honors for substantial donations.

“Across the ocean Harry and Meghan have been occupied with litigation against the British establishment including her Majesty’s government.

“It has been a very tough year without him. In October she canceled a trip to Ireland. Then it was revealed she had spent the night in hospital. Clearly things were not going her way.

“Doctors advised rest and later her appearances apart from one at Westminster Abbey when she was seen with a walking stick for the first time, remained virtual audiences and zoom chats from Windsor Castle.

“Her only time away was a weekend at Wood Farm in July when she visited her stud with her racing manager John Warren.

“In February this year she made her annual pilgrimage to honor the death of her father seventy years on, before catching covid at the end of the month.

“On Saturday she will be saying a prayer for her ‘irrepressible’ Philip and then will sit in front of the TV and watch the Grand National from Aintree. Whatever happens in her final years some things will always remain the same.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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