A royal expert has claimed that Her Majesty The Queen will be starting to gradually step back from her royal duties following the death of her husband...
And that she will fundamentally "fade away gracefully."
What exactly would all this mean? Well, here's the full story...
Now, the dreaded news of Prince Philip's death broke on the morning of Friday, April 9th.
The Duke of Edinburgh was ninety-nine-years-old.
The news of Philip's death was announced in a statement by the royal family.
"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," it read.
"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family joins with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course."
Prince Philip was the longest-serving royal consort in British history...
And he was by the Queen's side throughout her 6 decades of reign, as well as seventy-three years of marriage.
Members of the royal family began posting emotional tributes online shortly after Philip's death was announced...
And Philip's son, Prince Charles, was the first family member to speak about the loss.
Speaking from his Highgrove home, the future King of England said:
"My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him, and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that. As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously," he said.
"He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow."
Following in his father's footsteps, Prince William penned a touching letter to his late grandfather.
Sharing it on Instagram alongside a picture of Prince Philip and great-grandson, Prince George, William wrote: "My grandfather's century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family."
"My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead," he continued.
"I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job."
Prince Harry also followed suit, issuing a personal statement on the Archewell Foundation website.
In the statement, titled "In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh," Harry wrote:
"My grandfather was a man of service, honor, and great humor. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm — and also because you never knew what he might say next. He will be remembered as the longest-reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince, and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right 'til the end."
Philip's funeral went ahead on Saturday, April 17th, at Windsor Castle...
And although only thirty guests could attend due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was both a special and emotional day for the Duke's send-off.
Queen Elizabeth had to sadly sit by herself during the service...
And a powerful photograph was shared thousands of times online showing Her Majesty sitting all alone in a church pew, dressed head to toe in black.
The haunting photo spoke volumes...
Has there ever been a more heart-breaking picture of The Queen? The cruel separation and loneliness suffered by so many in this pandemic, now endured by the world’s most famous woman as she says goodbye to her husband of 73 years. Just devastating. 💔— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 17, 2021
(Photo: @PA) pic.twitter.com/XVpyG2wXQy
And the grief Queen Elizabeth is feeling is undeniable.
But the Queen is known for having a classically British stiff upper lip...
And she is already back to work, just weeks after her husband's death.
Days after Philip's memorial service, Her Majesty put on a brave face as she held virtual audiences via a video link from Windsor Castle...
Marking her first royal duty since the loss of Philip.
But it seems as if the Queen's royal duties are set to be short-lived...
As a royal expert has claimed she's preparing to fully step back from royal duties completely.
Speaking to the New York Times, Peter Hunt, a former BBC royal correspondent, has spoken of how the Queen is preparing for a life without her other half...
And she is looking to see her children take on more responsibility within the firm, such as joining her for the official opening on parliament.
"Fundamentally, the Queen will fade away gracefully."
"Covid has helped in the sense that it has accelerated what any sensible ninety-five-year-old woman would want to do, which is not stand on your feet all day long," Hunt explained.
He added that while the Queen has returned to work following her husband's death, she is unlikely to return to her hectic schedule of busy meetings, garden parties, and receptions...
And may only go to Buckingham Palace 2 days a week for meetings.
Instead, she is likely to stay at Windsor Castle, where she has been in quarantine for most of the last year.
Prince Charles will likely take on more duties, including joining his mother in the state opening on parliament next month.
The monarch has overseen every one of the constitutional set pieces since taking the throne in 1952, apart from in 1959 and 1963 when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward respectively.
So, it looks like The Queen may not be at the forefront of the royal family for much longer!
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