Queen will be a 'very hard act to follow' says royal expert
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Royal author Phil Dampier said the monarch, 95, has a “new energy” as lockdown restrictions ease. Mr Dampier’s comments come as Her Majesty stepped out four days in a row for the Royal Windsor Horse Show and delighted royal fans with her smiling appearances.
The royal expert told the Daily Mail: “Some might think it is strange that she is so happy so soon after Prince Philip’s death, but I think there is a simple explanation.
‘I’m sure she was devastated by his passing – after all they were married for 73 years.
“But I’m sure that he told her to enjoy what was left of her own life.
“He would not want her to sit around mourning him like Queen Victoria did for Albert, and I bet he would want her to carry on living life to the full.
“Ironically they spent a lot more time together at the end because of lockdown.
“His death wasn’t unexpected and he had a long and fulfilled life.
“Like him the Queen is very practical and pragmatic, and she knows he would support her getting out and about.”
The Queen attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show four days in a row last week.
The largest outdoor horse show in the UK takes place across five days each year and involves international competitions in three equestrian disciplines.
The monarch, who is known for her love of horses, was photographed grinning at the event.
The Queen wore a green flowery head scarf and sunglasses for the show on Sunday, where she was also joined by the Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor.
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Sophie and Lady Louise took part in the day’s activities by riding horses and carriages.
It is thought that Lady Louise has inherited her love of riding horse and carriages from the Duke of Edinburgh.
The four-wheeled carriage she drove is is believed to be the one owned by Philip in a touching gesture.
It was a busy week for the monarch who also travelled to Scotland for Royal Week.
And she met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Windsor Castle on Thursday.
The Queen has spent much of the pandemic at her Berkshire residence.
Philip died peacefully aged 99 at Windsor Castle in April and his funeral took place later that month.
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