Queen heartbreak: Cousin opens up over monarch’s pain – ‘Philip was her backbone’

Prince Philip: Support for Queen 'can't be criticised' says expert

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Prince Philip was the reliable patriarch of the Royal Family and will be truly missed, the Queen’s third cousin Princess Olga Romanoff said of his passing. She told the Daily Telegraph: “He was nearly 100 so it wasn’t totally unexpected but he did so much and he was the Queen’s backbone and shoulder and he’ll be just terribly missed.

“Prince Philip was years younger than my Pa but they were quite closely related on two sides, the Danish and the Russian.

“I just feel terribly sorry for the Queen and the family, the children.

“Princess Anne was very close to her father.

“One could look up to him. Poor all of us. And they can’t even have a decent funeral.” 

Princess Olga’s comments on the day of Prince Philip’s passing have been released ahead of the ITV documentary airing tonight ‘The Queen and Her Cousins with Alexander Armstrong’.

Before his death was announced, Princess Olga described the Duke of Edinburgh as “quite divine” and almost a hero of hers in her younger years.

She said: “I would love to have met [him] when he was younger because he is almost a hero of mine.”

Speaking about his no-nonsense attitude, Princess Olga added: “I just think he’s wonderful because A) he’s very good-looking.

“B) he doesn’t take bulls***. He says it how it is even if he gets into trouble.”

Princess Olga is the youngest child of Prince Andrei Alexandrovich of Russia – the eldest nephew of Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II.

Princess Olga is related to the House of Windsor as King George V was the first cousin of Nicholas II.

Prince Philip died peacefully during the morning of April 9 at Windsor Castle, as announced by Buckingham Palace.

His death certificate describes the cause of death as “old age”, a reason normally deemed acceptable for people aged 80 and if penned by the doctor who, following the patient, noticed a steady decline in their health.

Sir Huw Thomas, head of the royal medical household, certified the official document.

The Duke’s official death certificate also presented Prince Philip’s name at birth and the one he was known with before joining the House of Windsor.

His full name has been listed as: “His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh formerly known as Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark formerly known as Philip Mountbatten.”

The Duke’s private secretary, Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, also registered his death with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead on April 13.

A few days later, on April 17, 30 people gathered at Windsor Castle to attend the streamlined funeral, in accordance with Government’s regulation on coronavirus.

While only close relatives and key people in the Duke’s life were allowed to enter St George’s Chapel to pay their final respect, the funeral procession from Windsor Castle to the church featured a touching tribute by several military regiments, marking the close relationship of the Duke with the Armed Forces.

Both Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, recently spoke about how the regiments they lead – respectively the Welsh Guards and the Rifles – filled them with pride with their tribute to Prince Philip on his funeral day. 

During an engagement taking place in Windsor earlier this month, Prince Charles said: “I was so enormously proud of those of you who formed part of the complement during my father’s funeral recently.

“If I may say so, what a wonderful credit not only to the Welsh Guards but also the Household Division and all those who were on parade, for what you all did.

“I know my family and I were deeply moved by the way you all performed your duties.

“People from other countries rang me up to say that they had never seen anything quite so marvellous, so beautifully done and with such dignity and style.”

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