The Queen was said to had returned to her royal duties and is spending time with her corgis after the death of her beloved husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.
According to royal writers, it only took a single glance at one another for young Elizabeth and Philip to fall in love with one another. She was 14 years old when she first met him during a cousin’s wedding of his. In the years that followed the serendipitous meeting, Elizabeth and Phillip were pen-friends who wrote to one another regularly.
When he asked for her hand in marriage, Prince Philip gave away his royal title, Prince of Greece and Denmark, but it was all worth it.
The Queen described him as her “strength and stay” and was left heartbroken after he passed away on April 9 of this year.
Pictures of Queen Elizabeth sitting alone at her husband’s funeral pic.twitter.com/TchRJm10fZ
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Sources close to the family said that she was preparing for her husband’s death as his heath declined after he was admitted to hospital a month before passing.
The funeral was attended by around 30 of Prince Philip’s closest friends and family. His children, his grandchildren, and even his relatives from Germany said their final goodbyes as his body was laid to rest at the St. George’s Chapel on April 17.
“And life as you could imagine changed dramatically in many ways, but it had much less affect on our married life than I anticipated.”
– Prince Philip about the Queen’s accession to the throne. pic.twitter.com/mLp4AhZ3Lm
— The Philibeth Archive (@philibetharchiv) April 19, 2021
The Queen was shown sitting nearest the altar all by herself. She placed a wreath that featured white lilies, small white roses, white freesias, white wax flowers, white sweet peas and jasmine and a handwritten note on card edged in black on his coffin and the news on how that personal note was signed melted the hearts of millions.
According to People Magazine, the note read: “In loving memory, Lilibet,” which is how the late Prince called Queen Elizabeth. This is incredibly warming and truly a touching gesture.
Queen Elizabeth’s husband died four days ago. Today she’s back to work https://t.co/w0zEtTbhHG pic.twitter.com/rtMWxsudBf
— nzherald (@nzherald) April 14, 2021
Speaking to People Magazine, a senior royal said of the Queen: “Her family will step up and be by her side, but she will carry on. She understands that she has a job to do, and [Philip] would have wanted her to crack on. She did do so when he retired from public life.”