Queen carrying on ‘with a smile on her face’ despite loss of her ‘strength and stay’

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Despite turning 95 in April, the Queen has carried out several engagements, appearing in public at events throughout the spring and summer months. She has always been in high spirits.

Insight into the Queen’s splendid form, despite the recent loss of Philip, was noted by Simon Brooks-Ward. Mr Brooks-Ward is a producer and director planning for an event in May – during Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee next year.

As shared by royal commentator Camilla Tominey, Mr Brooks-Ward, organiser of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, said: “I don’t think I have ever seen her happier at a Royal Windsor Horse Show in all the time I have been involved”.

This prompted Ms Tominey to reflect on the monarch’s great form.

Writing in this week’s Telegraph royal newsletter, Ms Tominey suggested that, among reasons behind the monarch’s high spirits, is the joy of no longer being in lockdown – which she “hated”. 

The expert believes the Queen was “delighted” to be able to return to face-to-face engagements as soon as Covid measures were eased by the Government – weeks after Philip’s funeral in April.

Ms Tominey also claimed the sovereign was equally pleased to be able to host people at Windsor Castle after spending more than one year self-isolating at her Berkshire residence in the company of only a handful of trusted staff members and her husband.

She added: “Knowing her ‘strength and stay all these years’ would not want her to spend the rest of her life grieving, she has resolved not just to keep calm and carry on, but to do so with a smile on her face.”

The Queen, 95, referred to Philip as her “strength and stay” in a moving speech delivered on their Golden Wedding anniversary in 1997. 

To mark the occasion, the royal couple attended a formal lunch at Banqueting House in London.

While looking back to their “remarkable fifty years” together, she also highlighted the important role of her husband in their union.

She said: “Yesterday, I listened as Prince Philip spoke at the Guildhall, and I then proposed our host’s health. Today the roles are reversed.

“All too often, I fear, Prince Philip has had to listen to me speaking. 

“Frequently, we have discussed my intended speech beforehand and, as you will imagine, his views have been expressed in a forthright manner.

“He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”

Prince Philip died on April 9, two months before turning 100.

Following his funeral the following week, the Queen mourned for 10 days before resuming work. 

Her first engagement took place remotely and saw the sovereign hold virtual audiences with the Ambassador from the Republic of Latvia and the Ambassador from the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire.

She has since carried out several engagements in person, including a four-day-long tour of Scotland between the end of June and the beginning of July.

The Queen has also taken part in key events for the country, including a reception at the G20 gathering in Cornwall, during which she met for the first time US President Joe Biden and his wife Dr Jill Biden.

Two days later, she hosted the presidential couple at Windsor Castle for tea and a private audience. 

The Queen is currently on her annual Scottish summer break, which started in late July.

She is expected to remain at Balmoral Castle until early October – and will then head to Holyrood for the opening of the Scottish Parliament.

Her Majesty will be joined by her son and heir Prince Charles, 72, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 74.

Buckingham Palace has already announced five more royal engagements for the Queen, taking place in October.      

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