Over the last month, Queen Elizabeth's health woes have forced her to skip a few planned appearances, but the royal family has been stepping up to fill her shoes — a good sign that the brood will be in safe hands after she steps down from the throne.
On Remembrance Sunday, the matriarch had to pull out at the last minute due to a back strain, but Kate Middleton, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, took her place on the balcony.
The women put on a united front — a refreshing sight considering all of the royal family's recent drama.
"They are all very natural women who come from solid backgrounds, who seem very comfortable in their own skin and there is no tension or conflict between them," royal biographer Penny Junor noted to The Telegraph. "Princess Diana was always in competition with her husband and the Duchess of Sussex is super-ambitious, but Camilla, Kate and Sophie all seem to get on and they don’t take themselves too seriously."
Despite missing several events, the Queen was back on duty on November 17 when she met with General Sir Nick Carter.
One insider claimed that she is still "totally committed" to hosting Christmas this year.
"This year, more than ever, it is incredibly important to Her Majesty to be surrounded by her loved ones," the source said. "After being forced to cancel a host of engagements, the family get-together will be the perfect tonic."
As far as giving up the throne, experts believe that moment won't come until she's absolutely forced to.
When her husband, Prince Philip, passed, some wondered if she would step down, but his death only motivated her to keep going.
"Her family will step up and be by her side, but she will carry on," the insider said. "She understands that she has a job to do, and [Philip] would have wanted her to crack on. She will never abdicate because of duty and honor and public service is so deep in her, as it was for him."