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

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

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

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

The past 12 months have not been easy for the monarch, and she entered the 70th year of her reign as a grieving widow.

And she’s had a massive family load to deal with too, with more scandals involving her favorite son Prince Andrew and legal case after legal case involving 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 told The Mirror: “On the morning of April 9, 2021, Prince Philip was being helped to his bathroom as he was complaining of being unwell. He was returned to his bed, where he died shortly thereafter.

“‘It was like someone took his hand and 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, watching him jump the tennis nets at Dartmouth Navel College in 1939.

“The Queen’s reaction to the death of her ‘lover’ Philip was typically stoic and launched what became known as ‘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 reduced form. Grief is a strange thing and very private for the Queen.







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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 praised his work in encouraging people to protect ‘our fragile planet’. ‘

“Eight months later, she revealed genuine emotion in her Christmas message. ‘That mischievous, questioning twinkle ended up being as bright as when I first saw him.’ She said, “His sense of service, intellectual curiosity and ability to make fun of any situation were compelling.”

“He made her laugh. He made their position tenable. When she was worried about the family, he comforted her in his matter-of-fact way. She missed his sage advice when Prince Andrew’s dramas were at their peak and he looked determined to go to court against Virginia Giuffre. She missed it again when Prince Charles ‘ Leading charitable fundraiser Michael Fawcett has been accused of offering awards for substantial donations.

“Across the ocean, Harry and Meghan have been busy with legal battles against the British establishment, including Her Majesty’s Government.

“It’s been a very tough year without him. In October she canceled a trip to Ireland. It was then revealed that she had spent the night in the hospital. Obviously things weren’t going the way she wanted.

“Doctors advised rest and later her performances remained, apart from one at Westminster Abbey when she was first spotted with a walking stick, virtual audience and Zoom chats from Windsor Castle.

“Her only time away was a weekend at Wood Farm in July when she visited her stud farm with her race director, John Warren.

“In February of this year she made her annual pilgrimage to honor the death of her father seventy years later before contracting Covid at the end of the month.

“On Saturday she will say a prayer for her ‘ruthless’ Philip and then sit in front of the television and watch the Aintree Grand National. Whatever happens in her final years, some things will always remain the same.”

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