Queen Elizabeth Heads To Balmoral In Scotland For The First Time Without Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth left for Balmoral in Scotland on Friday, July 23 — the first time she has been there since Prince Philip passed away in April.
The 95-year-old and her late husband would always spend time there from August until the fall, but this time around, she will be on her own.
Now that coronavirus restrictions are easing, the Queen will most likely have several family members to the estate, including Prince William, Kate Middleton, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.
Recently, the Queen visited her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk — the place Philip spent most of his time when he retired from royal duties in 2017.
Despite the tragedy, the monarch has been leaning on loved ones and trying to remain positive.
"Anyone who knows the Queen or works with the Queen knows that she would take a little bit of time, but not a huge amount, to mourn her husband," expert Roya Nikkhah told True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat. "What we really saw from June onwards was her carrying out a lot of activities."
The Queen has even participated in several royal events, where she has been chipper and upbeat.
"She looks happy, but there's an argument that they're pacing her engagements," royal author Robert Jobson said. "She does look really, really great and is dressing very brightly and sprightly."
One of the reasons why the Queen is not down in the dumps is because she and Prince Philip made a pact knowing that they both wouldn't live forever, Richard Kay revealed.
"The two had often discussed how each would cope without the other at their side, and it boiled down to this: whoever was left should mourn, but not for too long, then enjoy what remained of their life," Kay stated.
It's also been a treat for the Queen to engage with others again.
"While it may only be 11 weeks since her beloved husband was laid to rest at Windsor Castle, I’m not surprised to see so many pictures of our beaming Queen – not least as the lifting of Covid restrictions means that she, like the rest of us, is now able to return to some semblance of normality," Camilla Tominey said.