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Queen 'thinking of others before herself' following Philip's death

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

She lost her husband of over 70 years a few days ago but Queen Elizabeth II is reportedly "thinking of others before herself" while mourning the death of Prince Philip.

Her Majesty's daughter-in-law, Sophie Wessex made the comment while speaking to reporters outside a Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor.

Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive in an open carriage on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
The Queen is said to be 'thinking of others before herself' following the death of her husband, Prince Philip. Photo: Getty Images.

Sophie was accompanied by her daughter, Lady Louise and her husband, Prince Edward who is the Queen and Prince Philip's youngest child.

After remarking on the Queen's selflessness during her time of grief, Sophie added, "She's amazing".

Prince Edward revealed that his mother was "bearing up" and thanked the public for their tributes and condolences.

"Again, it's just the wave of affection for him and those lovely stories that just mean so much. The tributes have been fantastic. It's really important and we really appreciate it," he said.

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Sophie spoke after her husband Prince Edward and brother-in-law Prince Andrew also paid tribute to their father. Photo: Getty
Sophie spoke after her husband Prince Edward and brother-in-law Prince Andrew also paid tribute to their father. Photo: Getty

A 'gentle' passing

During the same chat with reporters, Sophie revealed that her father-in-law had died "gently" on Friday morning (UK time) at Windsor Castle,

"You know it's going to happen but when it happens it's just this massive, massive hole," she said.

"It was so gentle, it was just like someone took him by the hand and off he went."

Prince Edward described his father's passing as "a bit of a shock".

"However much one tries to prepare oneself for something like this, it's still a dreadful shock, and we're trying to come to terms with that.

"It's very, very sad."

The Queen did not attend the service and is understood to have said private prayers for her husband. 

Prince Philip died
Prince Philip died "gently" according to daughter-in-law Sophie Wessex, who spoke to mourners on Sunday. Photo: Getty

Prince Andrew breaks silence to honour late father

Prince Andrew spoke for the first time since stepping back from royal duties amid controversy in November 2019.

The Duke of York shared that his mother the Queen has been left with a "huge void" after her husband of 73 years passed away on Friday.

Andrew went on to describe Philip as the "grandfather of the nation" and said his mother was grief-stricken.

"She described his passing as a miracle and she's contemplating, I think is the way that I would put it," he said.

"She described it as having left a huge void in her life, but we the family – the ones that are closer – are rallying round to make sure we're there."

The duke has been laying low following his disastrous BBC interview about his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Philip laid to rest

Philip's funeral will take place on April 17 at 3pm London time in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The duke will be taken to St George's Chapel in a specially modified Land Rover of his own design with his eldest son, Charles and grandsons Princes William and Harry joining the eight-minute procession to the chapel.

US-based Harry has touched down in the UK without wife Meghan Markle, who has been advised not to travel as she's heavily pregnant with the pair's second child.

The Duke of Sussex arrived from Los Angeles on a British Airways flight into Heathrow at 1:15pm and was quickly whisked away in a black Range Rover.

He will need to quarantine for five days and provide a negative Covid test to avoid longer isolation.

Additional reporting by Marni Dixit.

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