Prince Philip funeral: Queen 'holding up well' claims Jobson
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Her Majesty attended on Saturday the funeral service for her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, who died at Windsor Castle. Due to current coronavirus guidelines, the Monarch was forced to sit alone, sparking concerns she would have felt lonely without her family there to comfort her.
But according to author Gyles Brandreth, the Queen is used to taking part in royal engagements where she sits alone.
In an opinion piece for Telegraph.co.uk, Mr Brandreth wrote: “I do not believe the Queen felt alone at her beloved husband’s funeral.
“She is accustomed to walking in procession and being seated on her own: she has been doing it all her life. She is Queen after all.
“She sat as she sat at Saturday’s funeral because of the current Covid regulations; she would not have dreamt of doing so otherwise. She leads by example.”
Mr Brandreth also suggested that the Queen’s faith helped her remain strong during the poignant ceremony.
He added: “But she does not feel alone in the house of God – it is perhaps where she feels most at ease, for her a place of comfort and consolation.
“The teachings of Christ are the foundation of her life – as she has made clear towards the end of every one of her Christmas broadcasts since her accession in 1952.”
According to a royal source, the Queen has also been feeling comforted thanks to messages of support from royal fans around the world, as well as her own family members.
An unnamed insider told the Mirror: “She is coping amazingly well.”
The source confirmed that the Monarch “has been comforted not only by the love and support of her close family but by the many thousands of people who had so many wonderful things to share about her husband’s life and legacy.”
On Wednesday, the Queen made a special address for her 95th birthday, thanking the public for their support in this “period of great sadness”.
She said: “I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate.
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“While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.
“My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness shown to us in recent days.
“We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”
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