Saturday, 15 May 2021

Queen’s birthday ‘very lonely’ with only Andrew visiting, royal expert says

The Queen's first birthday without Prince Philip would have been "very lonely" with only Prince Andrew coming to visit, a royal photographer said.

Her Majesty, who turned 95 yesterday (April 21), has written a touching post to thank the nation for its support following the Duke of Edinburgh's death.

Prince Philip died on April 9 at the age of 99 and members of the Royal Family paid their final respects to the family's patriarch at his funeral on Saturday at Windsor Castle.

Royal photographer Arthur Edwards, who had taken photographs of Philip for 40 years, told Good Morning Britain that the Monarch was expected to have a low-key birthday as she spends two weeks in mourning for her husband of 73 years.

He said: "I remember the 90th birthday, parading through the streets with Philip, just like the 80th birthday, it's the same – exciting, huge crowds – but this year she'll be all alone.

"She will probably get a visit from Prince Andrew or maybe Beatrice and Eugenie will pop in and obviously the Prince of Wales and the others will phone her but it will be very lonely."

Arthur mentioned that the picture of the Queen sitting on her own in the pew at St George's Chapel would have been emotional for many.

"She looked very, very feeble there," he added. "I just hope she can get back to her normal life soon."

Members of the Royal Family will reportedly be visiting the Queen "on rota" over the coming days to ensure she would not be left alone while mourning her late husband.

Prince Andrew was said to have gifted his mother two new puppies when Philip's condition worsened last month.

A source told the Sun: "The Queen did not plan on getting any new dogs as she feared she was getting too old.

"But it was Andrew who surprised his mum with two new puppies when she felt down and alone in the Castle after the Duke was taken to hospital."

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