It has been a traumatic few weeks for the Queen, and now she has suffered another devastating loss.
Here's what we know...
It all happened the same day as Prince Philip's funeral...
Read on for the tragic story...
Now, the dreaded news of Prince Philip's death broke on the morning of Friday, April 9...
But little did we know that the Queen would suffer another huge blow just weeks later, with the news leaving people deeply worried about her wellbeing.
Prince 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 join 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.
But of course, it was no secret that Philip had been unwell for quite some time now...
Prince Philip's health had been slowly deteriorating for the past few years.
Over time, he was treated for a number of conditions including a bladder infection back in 2012 and surgery on his abdomen in June 2013.
Stepping down from royal engagements in May 2017, Philip even joked he could no longer stand up before having hip surgery a year later.
Around the Christmas period in 2019, we saw the duke spend 4 nights in hospital for observation and treatment in relation to a "pre-existing condition".
But his longest stay came earlier this year...
Philip was admitted to hospital in London on February, 16 after feeling unwell.
While admitted, he had a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition.
He was discharged just a matter of weeks ago, after his longest stay in hospital.
Many thought his discharge was positive news but sadly, it seems this was not the case.
Prince Philip died on April 9, aged ninety-nine.
He was just months short of celebrating his hundredth birthday.
As the news broke of Philip's death, tributes from around the world came flooding in...
Spotted this remarkable structure amongst the flowers for #PrincePhilip at Windsor Castle: a carved watermelon 🍉 “… https://t.co/RN4IisJhEp— Chris Ship (@Chris Ship)1618207627.0
Rest in Peace HRH, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. My deepest condolences to Her Majesty, The Queen and to Th… https://t.co/CwImZ0THgH— Keith Richards (@Keith Richards)1617997297.0
May Prince Philip rest in peace. In my teens I completed my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. I lo… https://t.co/UOy6i26g9d— Darren A (@Darren A)1618139844.0
RIP Prince Philip. A video from his 1959 visit to a Burma both very different and similar to today (civil war, army… https://t.co/H7uvZ4WKtr— Thant Myint-U (@Thant Myint-U)1618125949.0
May H.R.H. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh rest with the angels. Farewell, sweet Prince and godspeed. I ache… https://t.co/bbmbejgcFe— Nancy Sinatra (@Nancy Sinatra)1618031932.0
@RE_DailyMail It’s true. A peaceful passing surrounded by family is all we can hope for in the end, for ourselves a… https://t.co/hXcZRXLRMZ— Julia Martin (@Julia Martin)1618151448.0
to the man that the Queen loved and cherished; may you rest well and in peace, Prince Philip. 🕊️ your family and t… https://t.co/DaY4d1n9qP— eli (@eli)1617983047.0
Among those were tributes from members of the royal family.
Philip's son, Prince Charles, was the first family member to speak about the loss.
Speaking from his Highgrove home, Prince Charles 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 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."
"I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the hardest days. I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her."
"I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!"
"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."
"He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, 'Oh do get on with it!'"
"So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered—by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts."
"'Per Mare, Per Terram'"
Of course, many questions have been raised in regards to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's attendance at Prince Philip's funeral.
As the couple now reside in California.
Meghan Markle did not join Harry in the UK after doctors advised against her making a transatlantic flight.
Meghan is currently heavily pregnant with their second child.
Following the Duke's passing the UK entered into an 8-day period of mourning.
During which Union flags flew at half-mast.
Any laws that needed to be given the Royal Assent of affairs of state were put on hold.
And the Queen stepped away from any duties.
Although, despite the mourning period remaining, the Queen did return to work last week...
Queen Elizabeth returns to work days after the death of her beloved husband Prince Philip. https://t.co/HHtqkAv3sO— Deborah Roberts (@Deborah Roberts)1618354589.0
Just 4 days after her husband's passing, the Queen hosted a ceremony at Windsor Castle to mark the retirement of her household's most senior official.
Prince Philip's funeral took place over the weekend...
On Saturday, April 17. But little did everyone know, the queen lost a close friend on the same day...
The royal family have been able to visit and pay their respects.
The funeral was a televised event and carried out in line with current UK Covid-19 restrictions.
It took place at 3 pm at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle with just thirty guests allowed.
Ahead of that, the Duke's body was transported from the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle to the church in a specially-modified Land Rover that Philip helped design.
There was a military presence with personnel from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, and RAF.
Senior members of the royal family, including Prince Charles and Prince William, could be seen walking behind the car on the way to the church.
Buckingham Palace said the plans "very much" reflected the Duke's wishes.
As Prince Philip is reported to have requested minimal fuss.
Members of the public were asked to stay away from the castle during the funeral.
Instead an online book of condolence was made available for those wanting to pay their respects.
Now the Queen has suffered another devastating loss...
Former manager of the Royal Studs, Sir Michael Oswald, has died at the age of eighty-six.
People have been paying their respects online...
Sorry to read of the passing of Sir Michael Oswald. Back in the 80s the faces of Sir Michael and Lady Angela were a… https://t.co/2v7ztaYdD3— Mike Parcej (@Mike Parcej)1618770418.0
Sir Michael Oswald passed away at 86. Manager of the Royal Studs and racing manager to the Queen Mum he was a lovel… https://t.co/asvMOfCiMy— Derek ‘tommo’ Thompson (@Derek ‘tommo’ Thompson)1618823528.0
Sir Michael Oswald, former manager of Royal Studs, dies at 86, after a half-century of racing service to the Queen.… https://t.co/Qyy3881L9T— Horse Racing Tote (@Horse Racing Tote)1618769292.0
Am SO sad to read of this, he was an incredible person with an amazing memory for horses - I am certain he will be… https://t.co/MSOoCyQiBL— Nix (Nichola)Randall (@Nix (Nichola)Randall)1618845556.0
R.I.P. Sir William Richard Michael OSWALD, GCVO (21 Apr. 1934 – April 2021), British horse racing manager. 🇬🇧 Sinc… https://t.co/SRM69BWqtM— In__Memoriam (@In__Memoriam)1618867601.0
@DailyMailUK @NeilJamesWeekes Heartbreaking 😢— Michelle (@Michelle)1618909019.0
So sad to hear of the passing of Sir Michael Oswald, one of the key players in the Royal Equine team for a generati… https://t.co/1luxdGkIwJ— Mike Vince (@Mike Vince)1618763197.0
@leemottershead How sad. He was a lovely man & a pleasure to deal with. May he rest in peace— mick fitzgerald (@mick fitzgerald)1618785308.0
Sir Michael advised the Queen and her mother...
On horse racing for almost thirty years.
Sir Michael was often pictured by the Queen's side at races...
The Duchess of Cambridge was also snapped enjoying a chat with the expert.
Speaking to the Racing Post, Sir Michael's widow, Lady Angela, paid tribute to her husband...
She said: "He always said he had the most wonderful job anybody could ever have had and that for all his working life he was simply doing what he would have done had he been a rich man who didn't have to work."
Before becoming the Queen's racing advisor in 2003, Sir Michael worked for the Queen Mother from 1970 until 2002.
He was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) last year.
Detailing the Queen's close friendship with him, Sir Michael would often tell the story of a horse his employer had called Harvest Song.
He made his usual call to the Queen at Buckingham Palace one day to say it was running, in case they wanted to watch it or record it for her.
"Barry got rather excited at this, asking will it win and should he have a flutter," he says.
"I told him under no circumstances should he waste any money on it: that I had more chance of winning the 100m at the Olympics."
Harvest Song started as a 50-1 and won the race by 5 and a half lengths.
When Sir Michael rang the Queen to ask if she'd watched, she replied: "Oh yes, and may I say that Barry is standing next to me. If I was you, I would find some dark glasses and a good disguise next time to come anywhere near this place."
In 1969, Sir Michael was recruited as manager of the Royal Studs.
Later, he moved to the Sandringham estate in Norfolk to enjoy the racing.
Horse racing is clearly a passion for the royals as the Queen learned to ride a horse at the age of 3.
Commenting on the Queen's interest, Sir Michael said: "There was never a better and more knowledgeable owner to answer to."
Nicky Henderson, a trainer of royal jump horses, said how he loved his role with the Queen's horses.
Sir Michael would go "absolutely anywhere" to watch Her Majesty's horses run, even towards the end of his life.
"The Queen once said to me that we had to stop Michael traveling all over the country. I did very respectfully point out she was the only one who could do that," said Mr. Henderson.
The trainer also revealed how they once won a race for the Queen where the prize was a bronze set of pants as trophies.
"They were laid out on the table ready for the presentations when they suddenly realized that giving the Queen a pair of bronze pants might be deemed inappropriate, so they removed that particular trophy and replaced it with a vase.
"Sir Michael made very clear he wanted the pants not the vase and announced he would be driving them straight to Windsor Castle. The following morning I spoke with the Queen, who said the Duke of Edinburgh had been highly entertained by the prize," recalled Mr Henderson.
He died after a long illness on April 17, the same day as the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral...
Rest in peace.