Prince Philip funeral latest – Meghan Markle and Archie phoned Queen before service as Royal Family 'lost' without him

Prince Philip funeral latest – Meghan Markle and Archie phoned Queen before service as Royal Family 'lost' without him

April 22, 2021

THE Queen has marked her 95th birthday with a solo photo as she spends the day without Prince Philip for the first time in over 70 years.

Her Majesty is still in a period of mourning following the death of her beloved husband of 73 years aged 99.

The Royal Family Instagram page today released a stunning shot of the Queen smiling while dressed in a plum coat and hat.

A caption says: “Today is The Queen’s 95th birthday.

“The Queen was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

“This year Her Majesty remains at Windsor Castle, during a period of Royal Mourning following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.”

It is understood Prince Charles will not be seeing his mum at Windsor Castle today as he is grieving Prince Philip at his home in Wales.

Meanwhile Prince Harry has returned to his home in California and Prince William is also not expected to be visiting the Queen today either.

Princess Anne and Sophie Wessex will be among the first to visit the Queen today under a rota-style system drawn up by close family.

Her Majesty will also be visited by her son Andrew, granddaughter Eugenie and her newborn son August in the coming days.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    HARRY VOWED RESPECT TO CHARLES IN LETTER

    Prince Harry vowed to "respect the institution" in a letter to Charles after he and Meghan's interview with Oprah caused a "complete communication breakdown", it has been reported.

    The Duke of Sussex penned a "deeply personal" note to his "very hurt" father after the bombshell chat, which aired last month.

    Sadly, the pair haven't yet manged to repair their relationship, it's reported, with royal commentator Russell Myers telling ITV's Lorraine: "Charles and William are still very hurt." 

    But it's reported Harry has taken steps to try to repair the damage done after his relationship with his father "hit rock bottom".

    More on the story here

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    ANDREW ISSUE IS 'ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM'

    The Mirror’s royal editor Russel Myers told ITV’s Lorraine that the issue of Andrew is “the elephant in the room and it remains unsolved”.

    He added there is “no place for Andrew” and both Charles and William are “completely aligned on that”.

    Lorraine added: “They will have to tackle the problem of Prince Andrew – the most damaging thing that has happened in my opinion.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    ANDREW HOPES FOR 'REHABILITATION' AFTER PHILIP'S FUNERAL

    Prince Andrew is hoping for "rehabilitation" and a low-key return to the royal fold after Philip's funeral, an expert has said.

    The Duke of York sat closest to the Queen at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral and has reportedly made several trips to see his mother since, according to royal sources.

    Royal expert Fitzwilliams told the MailOnline: "Central to any hopes he might have of some form of future rehabilitation is cooperation with the FBI to assist the victims of the deceased paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. 

    "He also still faces serious accusations which have received worldwide publicity. "

    Andrew denies any wrongdoing.

    Prince Andrew sat closest to the Queen at Prince Philip's funeral
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    WHY DOES THE QUEEN HAVE TWO BIRTHDAYS?

    The Queen has two birthday celebrations each year: one on her actual birth date, and the other on her “official” birthday – a public celebration.

    Her real birthday is in April and an "official" celebration takes place in June.

    The tradition for monarchs to have two birthdays was started by George II back in 1748.

    George was born in November and thought it was too cold to host an annual parade at that time – so he decided his birthday festivities would be combined with a military parade known as Trooping the Colour, which was held in spring.

    The tradition for two separate birthdays continues to this day.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    PRINCE PHILIP THOUGHT HARRY WAS A ‘GOOD MAN’

    Prince Philip thought of Harry as a “good man” but didn’t believe he and Meghan Markle were right to leave the royal family, a pal claims.

    The Duke of Edinburgh is said to have felt “sorry” over the fallout from the Megxit saga and regretted his grandson’s decision to step down.

    But according to a friend of Philip, he ultimately accepted Harry’s decision, saying: “It’s his life”.

    Gyles Brandeth told the Daily Mail: “The Duke of Edinburgh was not pleased, nor did he believe that Harry and Meghan were doing the right thing either for the country or for themselves.”

    More on the story here

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    QUEEN’S SUPPORT BUBBLE OF 22 PEOPLE WILL HELP HER THROUGH GRIEF

    The Queen has a support bubble of 22 devoted staff, who will help her through the grief of losing Prince Philip.

    Due to Covid restrictions the country cannot mourn in the same way we usually would – and the Queen is no different.

    She has been forced to be separated from close family and friends, even sitting alone for the emotional funeral service on Saturday.

    But the Queen has a strong network of Royal Household staff who make up the so-called HMS Bubble, and have lived as one household throughout the pandemic.

    She is able to sit close to and be near this group of close staff, which include her and the late Duke of Edinburgh’s private secretary.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    BELOVED HUSBAND

    Philip Mountbatten married Elizabeth II in 1947.

    The pair had been writing to each other for years previously, having first met in 1934.

    The couple became engaged after seeking permission from Elizabeth's father King George VI.

    After a five-month engagement, the pair were married on November 20, 1947.

    They have four children – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – as well as eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

    Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip at their wedding on November 20th, 1947Credit: PA:Press Association
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    LIFE COMMITMENT

    The Queen’s reign began with the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952. She was formally crowned on June 2, 1953.

    During that ceremony, televised around the world, the Queen promised to govern the United Kingdom and her other realms. 

    Six years earlier, in a speech in South Africa, then-Princess Elizabeth made clear that her commitment was for life.

    She said: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    THE QUEEN ENTERS 'TWILIGHT' OF HER REIGN

    The Queen is entering the “twilight” of her reign after the death of Prince Philip, a royal expert has stated.

    “The Queen is certainly moving now into the twilight of her reign and a new phase of her reign”, said Anna Whitelock, director of the Centre for the Study of Modern Monarchy at Royal Holloway, University of London. 

    “She now is a widow, and it remains to be seen how she’s going to respond to that.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    QUEEN THANKS PUBLIC FOR 'SUPPORT AND KINDNESS'

    The Queen has thanked the nation for "support and kindness" following Prince Philip's death – as she spent her first birthday without him yesterday.

    She told of her sadness on her 95th birthday, days after the funeral for her husband of more than 70 years, adding she was "deeply touched" by the good wishes.

    The Queen issued the heartfelt message on her birthday yesterday
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    'FLAGSHIP OF THE SEAS'

    Fascinating photographs showing the Queen and Prince Philip at the launch of the QE2 transatlantic superliner have been revealed in a new book just days after the duke's death.

    The candid photographs show the monarch, aged 41 in 1967, smiling as she visited the dockyard with her husband.

    Click here to read more

    The Queen and Prince Philip visit the dockyard containing the impressive new superliner
  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PHILIP’S PET PEEVE

    A long-time pal of Prince Philip’s has revealed the one thing the Queen did that annoyed the Duke.

    Gyles Brandreth, who has penned a new book on Philip’s life, gave an insight into the royal couple’s 73-year marriage.

    And while the pair were very happy in their lives together, the Queen had one habit that deeply irritated the Duke, he said.

    Mr Brandreth, who appeared on ITV’s Lorraine this morning, said the monarch’s frequent phone calls were the biggest cause of the Duke’s domestic ire. He told Lorraine it was the “only time he ever complained about the Queen. He knew his whole life was about supporting the Queen and he never put foot wrong,” the author said.

    “He always turned up, right day, right uniform, on time, one step behind. But he did find – he did say to me – ‘Oh god, she’s never off the phone, never off the phone. Who is she talking to?’” Lorraine joked: “She’s got queening to do – she’s being the Queen.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    RECENT ROYAL UPDATES

    • Prince Harry misses the Queen’s 95th birthday and lands back in LA
    • Prince Andrew security scare as woman arrested wandering around grounds days after Philip’s funeral
    • We pay tribute to our longest-serving monarch with 95 special moments of Majesty
    • ‘Normal mum’ Kate Middleton spotted shopping with George & Charlotte – who had a strict pocket money budget

    EXPLAINED: WHO IS LADY LOUISE?

    Lady Louise is the daughter of the Queen and Prince Philip’s youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie.

    The 17-year-old is said to have emerged as the Queen’s favourite grandchild following a lengthy stay at the monarch’s Scottish retreat, Balmoral, over the summer of 2019.

    Louise is 14th in line to the throne, behind her younger brother James, as they were both born before the 2013 Succession to the Crown Act, which officially ended the centuries-old rule that male offspring take precedence over females.

    A royal insider said: “The Queen loves the fact that Louise and James relish their time at Balmoral, and she has become particularly close to Louise, who seems to have become her favourite grandchild, closely followed by James.”

    QUEEN'S PLANS FOR HER 9TH BIRTHDAY

    It is understood the Queen would take corgi Muick and dachshund-corgi cross Fergus for a stroll around Frogmore Gardens on her birthday, as she has every day since Philip died. 

    But her special day falls within the two-week period of royal mourning for the Duke of Edinburgh, which is being observed until Friday.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      QUEEN WILL HAVE HAD 'VERY LONELY' BIRTHDAY WITH JUST A VISIT FROM ANDREW SAYS ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHER

      The Queen will have had a "very lonely" 95th birthday with just a visit from her son Prince Andrew, Arthur Edwards has said. The Sun's royal photographer said Princess Beatrice and Eugenie may "pop in" but senior royals were more likely to phone Her Majesty for the occasion.

      Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Arthur Edwards said: "I remember the 90th birthday parading through the streets with Philip through of Windsor with Philip, the 80th 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.

      "That picture of her in the pew at St George's on her own, people must have cried over seeing that."

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      ROYAL OUTRAGE

      Peter Andre's wife Emily has slammed the 100,000 people who complained about the BBC's coverage of Prince Philip's death earlier this month.

      The 99-year-old royal passed away on Friday 9 April, with the Beeb promptly wiping their schedule to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh for the rest of the day.

      Writing in her column for OK! magazine, she shared: "I was surprised that more than 100,000 people complained about the BBC’s coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.

      "I don’t quite see the need to complain, because it means a lot to a lot of people, and it was such an important thing to cover."

      The GP added: "If you don’t like something there are plenty of other channels available! I think it was really nice that they did such good coverage, but I do understand that I follow the Royal Family and not everyone does, so I guess it just wasn’t for everyone."

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      ROYAL NEWS ROUNDUP

      • Prince Harry misses the Queen's 95th birthday and lands back in LA
      • Prince Andrew security scare as woman arrested wandering around grounds days after Philip's funeral
      • We pay tribute to our longest-serving monarch with 95 special moments of Majesty
      • ‘Normal mum’ Kate Middleton spotted shopping with George & Charlotte – who had a strict pocket money budget

      SECRET SIBLING

      Zara Tindall’s immediate family are some of the most famous household names in the world – but you’ll be forgiven if you’ve never heard of her half-sister.

      As well as her brother Peter Phillips, the Queen’s granddaughter actually has two half sisters.

      Her father Captain Mark Phillips is also dad to Felicity, by a brief affair he had in 1985, and Stephanie Phillips from her father’s second marriage to Sandy Pflueger.

      And judging by her social media Stephanie enjoys an equally flashy life to her royal sibling.

      More on Stephanie here.

      FOOTBALL KING

      Prince William has praised the "united voice of football fans" after backlash forced European Super League clubs to quit the hated competition.

      The proposed breakaway tournament was left in tatters on Tuesday night after ALL six Premier League clubs withdrew following fan backlash.

      WHAT WAS IN THE WREATH LEFT BY HARRY AND MEGHAN

      The wreath featured acanthus mollis, or Bear’s breeches, which is the national flower of Greece, representing Philip’s heritage, and Eryngium, or sea holly, in a nod to his time with the Royal Marines.

      It also included campanula, which signifies gratitude and everlasting love, as well as rosemary to signify remembrance.

      Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, also selected lavender for devotion and roses in honour of June, which is Philip’s birth month.

      Willow Crossley is said to have hand-made the wreath, who also arranged the flowers for the couple’s evening wedding celebrations in Frogmore Gardens and for the Sussexes’ son Archie’s christening.

      • Niamh Cavanagh

        THE QUEEN ENTERS 'TWILIGHT' OF HER REIGN AFTER THE DEATH OF PRINCE PHILIP

        The Queen is entering the “twilight” of her reign after the death of Prince Philip, a royal expert has stated.

        Now that the Royal Family has said farewell to Prince Philip, attention will turn to Queen Elizabeth II with her birthday today and upcoming celebrations marking her 70 years on the throne.

        This combination of events is reminding the United Kingdom that the reign of the Queen, the only monarch most of her subjects have ever known, is finite. This has triggered speculation about how long she will remain on the throne, what the monarchy will look like in the future and, for some, even whether it should continue to exist.

        “The Queen is certainly moving now into the twilight of her reign and a new phase of her reign”, said Anna Whitelock, director of the Centre for the Study of Modern Monarchy at Royal Holloway, University of London. 

        “She now is a widow, and it remains to be seen how she’s going to respond to that.”

      • Niamh Cavanagh

        'UNWAVERING RESPECT' 

        Prince Harry met the Queen privately "at least twice" and spoke to Charles and William after Prince Philip's funeral, a pal claimed today.

        Omid Scobie reported the Duke of Sussex met with his grandmother after he flew to the UK to mourn the death of his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh.

        Harry left the UK yesterday – flying back to the US to be with his pregnant wife Meghan Markle as the Queen today marked her 95th birthday in the UK.

        But Mr Scobie said Harry had been able to speak with his grandmother "at least twice" during his time back in Britain.

      • Niamh Cavanagh

        TODAY MARKS THE QUEEN'S 95TH BIRTHDAY – WE PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR LONGEST SERVING MONARCH

        At a time of deep sadness for the Royal Family, the Queen marks her 95th birthday today. And our thoughts are with you, Ma’am.

        After nearly seven decades on the throne, you are the longest-serving monarch in British history.

        It’s a source of great pride to your United Kingdom that our head of state, the world’s most famous woman, is an example and an inspiration to millions.

        Although you are still in mourning for Prince Philip, on behalf of our readers, The Sun would like to send fondest birthday wishes for today. And in this special 12-page tribute, we celebrate 95 moments of Majesty in your extraordinary life.

        For the heartfelt moments click here.

      • Niamh Cavanagh

        HITTING OUT

        Channel 5's Jeremy Vine Show has received 139 Ofcom complaints after being accused of "race baiting" for pointing out all of Prince Philip's funeral guests were white.

        The presenter, 55, came under fire last Friday after he asked a guest on his show whether she thought it was a "problem" that all 30 attendees at the service in Windsor would be white.

        Vine said on last week's show: "We are going to see a group of 30 people who are going to be at this very restricted funeral, and I'm imagining it will be 30 people who are white. 

        "I'm just trying to think whether there's anybody of colour in there and I don't think so. Do you think that's a problem?"

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