Family and friends supporting the queen in her time of grief
The Queen seeks solace from family and friends as she adjusts to life without her beloved husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Those who know her best have already paid tribute to her strength as she weeps for Philip.
A tearful Countess of Wessex, close to the monarch, told reporters after spending about an hour with her mother-in-law at Windsor Castle: “The Queen has been amazing.”
The royal family has been mobilizing to support the monarch since Philip’s death on Friday at the age of 99.
Charles rushed from his Gloucestershire Highgrove home to Windsor Castle on Friday to comfort his mother in the hours following the Duke’s peaceful death in his sleep.
The prince – the monarch and the eldest son of Philip – will also offer advice as the Queen finalizes the arrangements for the Duke’s funeral and plans for the days to come.
– The Princess Royal, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex
The monarch’s other children – Anne, Andrew and Edward – also support the Queen.
Edward was seen arriving at the castle, where the Queen stayed during the pandemic, on Saturday morning in a blue Land Rover Discovery alongside his wife Sophie.
Andrew, who lives near the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, was also seen driving to see his mother.
The Queen is said to be close to her stepdaughter Sophie and the Countess will be a source of friendship for the monarch, especially in the coming months.
The countess, dressed in black, had tears in her eyes as she left the castle on Saturday, paying homage to the strength of the monarch.
Philip taught Sophie to drive a horse-drawn carriage.
The connection between the Queen and the Countess has been evident over the years, and the monarch often asks Sophie to share her car when driven on unofficial occasions.
– grandchildrenZara Tindall and Peter Phillips, along with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie will also offer their grandmother support – keeping in touch by phone and video.
The Duke of Cambridge will also be in constant contact and the Duke of Sussex – despite the difficult relationship with his family – is expected to travel to the UK for the funeral.
The Queen and Philip’s other grandchildren are Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and Viscount Severn, 13, who live just 10 miles away in Bagshot Park, Surrey, and who, before the pandemic, often spent time with their grandparents.
– The queen’s senior dresser
Angela Kelly is the Queen’s main dresser and her personal assistant.
Miss Kelly, who is the daughter of a Liverpool dock worker, has also become a trusted confidante and is considered the Queen’s porter.
In addition to ensuring that the Queen’s mourning wardrobe is ready for use, her friendship will be an important source of support for the monarch during this difficult time.
She was on the reduced staff of the Monarch’s HMS Bubble at Windsor Castle during the pandemic.
– Ladies of honor and squires
The Queen’s ladies-in-waiting, personally chosen by the monarch, have a variety of duties, including looking after private and personal affairs for her and handling her correspondence.
Among them was his senior maid of honor, Lady Susan Hussey, who was married to former BBC chairman Marmaduke Hussey.
The Queen’s ladies-in-waiting were also part of HMS Bubble.
Some of the ladies-in-waiting have worked with the Queen for over 50 years and act as both loyal friends and helpers, and their discretion and support will be invaluable.
– Loss of the queen’s friends over the past year
The Queen has mourned the loss of a number of friends over the past year.
In February, his friend and former horse master Lord Vestey passed away at the age of 79.
The former president of Cheltenham Racecourse was part of the monarch’s inner circle and his death came just two months after that of his wife Lady Celia Vestey.
The Queen’s close confidante and cousin, Lady Elizabeth Shakerley, died in November – followed, a week later, by Lady Moyra Campbell, who was one of her six bridesmaids at her coronation and also a companion close.
The Queen recently received two new puppies – a corgi called Muick and a dorgi she named Fergus. They joined his old Dorgi Candy.
The Queen has had dogs as constant companions throughout her reign.
She will also spend time with her horses and ride her ponies in the Castle Park Sanctuary or Windsor Great Park.