Prince Edward's Wife Sophie Of Wessex Gives Update On How Queen Elizabeth Is Doing Following Prince Philip's Death
Despite Queen Elizabeth's husband of 73 years passing away, it seems like the matriarch is handling the situation with grace.
On Saturday, April 10, Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie of Wessex, visited Windsor Castle just one day after Prince Philip died at 99 years old.
When asked how the Queen, 94, has been holding up, Sophie, 56, tearfully told Sky News Royal Correspondent Rhiannon Mills that she "has been amazing."
It's no surprise that the Queen is is staying strong for her family, as her former secretary Charles Anson predicted that would happen.
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"She would have thought about this moment several times, and her way would be to remain as steady and as calm as possible," he told PEOPLE, referring to the Duke's recent health issues. "That comes naturally to her through her temperament and her experience."
"In my years of working for her she was always calm, no matter what was going on," he continued. "But for any human being, this is a very cathartic moment."
Fortunately, the Queen has loved ones to lean on during this trying time. "She has an enormous amount of family support for her and will also take comfort from the enormity of the support from all over the world," he said.
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On Friday, the royal family announced the sad news via social media. "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," the palace said in a statement. "The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
One day later, the Queen shared a touching tribute to her late husband.
“'He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.' -Her Majesty The Queen, 1997," The Royal Family Twitter account captioned a photo of the couple, who was married for 73 years.
The funeral will take place at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
"During the coronavirus pandemic, and in light of current government advice and social distancing guidelines, modified funeral and ceremonial arrangements for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh are being considered by Her Majesty The Queen. Details will be confirmed in due course," the palace said about the upcoming arrangements.