Royal family 'to step up and support Queen' says expert
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The Queen’s children and grandchildren have rallied around the Monarch following the sad loss of Prince Philip earlier this month. Following the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral service on Saturday, royal watcher Lizzie Robinson believes the time has come for members of the Royal Family to fill the huge void left by Her Majesty’s husband and consort for more than 70 years. Ms Robinson insisted the Queen’s loved ones will play an important supporting role once the Her Majesty returns to public duties.
The Royal Rota producer told the ITV weekly podcast: “We have seen over the last week or so the family really rally around the Queen and support her.
“I think we will continue to see that.
“I suspect when the Queen does come back to public duties, and of course she will.
“She said in the speech on her 21st birthday life be it long or short she would serve.”
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Ms Robinson continued: “We will see her back to work I would expect.
“But I also think we will see members of the family step up to be by her side in support.”
The remarks come following news the royals were able to come together following the funeral service on Saturday in a “small family gathering” to comfort the Queen.
It came after the Queen was forced to seat alone for proceedings as the rest of her family were spread out around St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
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The gathering which reportedly included the Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry also comes as senior royals look to plan for the future of the monarchy following the tragic loss of Prince Philip.
Prince Charles has found himself now taking up the responsibility of being the patriarch of the Royal Family.
This change has “impacted him both professionally and personally”, according to a source, who added Prince Charles wanted some time to “reflect alone” following the funeral.
The source told MailOnline columnist Dan Wootton: “Charles felt he wanted to reflect alone.
“He also wants to attend to the thousands of letters sent to him in condolence of his father’s death. He is acutely aware that this is a hugely significant moment in his life and he feels like he has the weight on the world of his shoulders.
“All his life he has been heir to the throne, but Prince Philip was the patriarch of the family.
“Overnight that’s changed, and it’s impacted him both professionally and personally.
“He needs time to think and contemplate the future of the Royal Family after what was a very difficult week.”
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