A royal author has made some pretty bold claims about the Queen recently, saying that she is "looking so happy" despite the recent death of her husband, Prince Phillip.
The Duke of Edinburgh tragically passed away on April 9th ago due to "old age" which was confirmed by the Telegraph who obtained a copy of the late royal's death certificate. It was announced that he passed away "peacefully" at Windsor Castle. He was ninety-nine.
In the days following, the Queen, along with the rest of the Royal Family, went into mourning for a period of 2 weeks in which all royal duties were halted as the family took time out of their schedules to support one another through the difficult period.
However, the Queen returned to her duties shortly after the 2-week period, video chatting with ambassadors to the United Kingdom - Her Excellency Mrs. Ivita Burmistre, ambassador from the Republic of Latvia and Her Excellency Mrs. Sara Affoue Amani, ambassador from the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire - from Windsor Castle.
And just a few days after that, Her Royal Highness celebrated her ninety-fifth birthday in private with her close family and even though it was supposed to be a happy occasion, she described it as a "period of great sadness."
"My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness shown to us in recent days," she said. "We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life."
Today is The Queen's 95th birthday.
HM was born on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in London, the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York.
This year The Queen remains at Windsor Castle during a period of Royal Mourning following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh. pic.twitter.com/kOeH399Ndp
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 21, 2021
Phil Dampier, a royal expert who has been writing about the royal family for the best part of thirty-five years, recently explained that even though the Queen misses her husband deeply, she has been "[living] life to the full" because it's "what Phillip would have wanted.
"'Some might think it is strange that she is so happy so soon after Prince Philip's death, but I think there is a simple explanation," Dampier explained. "I'm sure she was devastated by his passing - after all they were married for 73 years. But I'm sure that he told her to enjoy what was left of her own life.
"He would not want her to sit around mourning him like Queen Victoria did for Albert, and I bet he would want her to carry on living life to the full."
He also added: "Ironically they spent a lot more time together at the end because of lockdown. His death wasn't unexpected and he had a long and fulfilled life. Like him, the Queen is very practical and pragmatic, and she knows he would support her getting out and about."
Recently, during the Queen's public appearances, she's been smiling and laughing a lot. At one of her engagements, she even made a joke about cutting a cake with a sword rather than a knife!
"It's been fantastic to see the Queen is such good form in recent weeks. She seems happy and relaxed and it's a joy to see her smiling face. I think she is just delighted to be out of lockdown like the rest of us, and getting out and about doing the things she loves.
"She has her social life and you could see how happy she was to be at the Windsor Horse Show, one of her favorite events of the year, four days running. She meets up with old friends and loves to catch up on gossip, as well as spend time with her own family."
We're so glad to see she's doing well and living her best life.