Queen pushes on during ‘toughest time’ in reign – working keeps her 'young'


Her Majesty’s health has concerned royal fans across the globe but an expert believes that, despite this being the “most difficult time of her reign”, she has found “comfort” in tasks – even if forced to be less involved with the public.

Katie Nicholl told Vanity Fair the Queen is still “enjoying” her role in serving the nation, which “keeps her young”.

She said: “Behind the scenes, in private, it’s probably been the hardest time of her reign.

“In [Philip’s] absence, her family is incredibly important.

“They are everything.”

Last weekend was the first wedding anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, since he died in April aged 99.

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Her Majesty’s health has concerned royal fans across the globe but an expert believes that, despite this being the “most difficult time of her reign”, she has found “comfort” in tasks – even if forced to be less involved with the public.

The couple married in Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947.

The Queen once said of her late husband: “He has, quite simply, been my strength and my stay all these years.”

Despite the difficult time she is going through, sources close to the Monarch told the Mirror she is feeling well – and planning to travel to Sandringham House in Norfolk around Friday, December 17.

They said: “The Queen has told everyone she is feeling far better of late and is very much looking forward to welcoming them for Christmas.

“Like many other families, this will be the first time Her Majesty can gather with her extended family after being kept apart for so long due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Following Her Majesty’s absence at the Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday service — due to back sprain — royal supporters celebrated seeing her leaving the christening in the backseat of a black Range Rover.

It came after nearly a month of rest ordered by doctors after she spent a night at the King Edward VII Hospital in central London.

The Monarch had also held an audience with General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff, at Windsor Castle in what marked her first official engagement since her health issues.

Before that, the last time she had been seen in public was on October 19, when she hosted a reception for the global investment summit at Windsor, with guests including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

With this being the Queen’s first Christmas without Philip, it is believed she would be especially keen to have her loved ones around.

She is said to have invited Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as well as Prince William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their three young children.

It is expected the Monarch will make take the journey from Windsor to Sandringham by helicopter, which takes about 50 minutes.



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