Queen Elizabeth II is being praised for her courage on the first anniversary of Prince Philip’s death.
Over the past year, the 95-year-old has had to deal with many things in her life as a monarch and family matters. From her failing to properly carry out royal duties in light of her failing health to being ridiculed over her son Andrew’s sexual assault scandal, the monarch has certainly suffered.
Royal expert Ingrid Seward is now reflecting on the Queen’s year in a recent conversation with The Mirror.
“On the morning of April 9, 2021, Prince Philip was being helped to the bathroom when he complained of feeling unwell. He was returned to his bed where he died shortly after.
“‘It was like someone took him by the hand and walked away.’ Sophie Wessex later explained: “It was ‘very quiet.’
“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 saw him jump over the tennis nets at Dartmouth Navel College in 1939.
“The queen’s reaction to the death of her ‘beloved’ Philip was typically stoic and she launched what was dubbed ‘Operation London Forth Bridge’.
“The pandemic was still gripping the country and his funeral at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor was all the more poignant for its reduced form. The duel is a strange thing and for the Queen intensely private.
“She first spoke with emotion 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’.’
“In her Christmas message eight months later, she revealed real emotion. ‘That mischievous, inquisitive glow was as bright at the end as when I first saw it.'” She said: “His sense of service, intellectual curiosity and ability to squeeze the fun out of any situation were all irrepressible”.
“He made her laugh. He made her position tenable. When she worried about the family, he comforted her in a practical way. His sage advice was lost when Prince Andrew’s dramas reached their peak and he seemed determined to go to court v. Virginia Giuffre was lost again when Prince Charles’s top charity fundraiser, Michael Fawcett, was accused of offering honors for substantial donations.
“Across the ocean, Harry and Meghan have been busy with litigation against the British establishment, including Her Majesty’s government.
“It’s been a really tough year without him. In October she canceled a trip to Ireland. Then it came out she had spent the night in hospital. Clearly things weren’t going her way.”
“Doctors recommended rest and then her appearances, as well as one at Westminster Abbey when she was first seen with a cane, held virtual hearings and zoom chats from Windsor Castle.
“His only outing was a weekend at Wood Farm in July, when he visited his stallion with his racing director, John Warren.
“In February of this year he made his annual pilgrimage in honor of the death of his father seventy years later, before he contracted covid at the end of the month.
“On Saturday he will pray for his ‘irrepressible’ Philip and then he will sit in front of the TV and watch the Grand National at Aintree. Whatever happens in his later years, some things will always stay the same.”