Queen Elizabeth II was at peace with the ever-growing possibility of losing her 73-year-old husband Prince Philip after years of ill health.
The Queen’s former press secretary Charles Anson told People magazine on Friday that the 94-year-old monarch was prepared for Philip’s death simply because she thought about it so much that it had become second nature to him. accept the inevitable.
“She would have thought about this moment a few times and her way would be to stay as steady and calm as possible,” Anson told the publication. “It comes naturally to him through his temperament and his experience.”
Added Anson, “In my years working for her, she was always calm no matter what was going on. But for any human being, it’s a very cathartic time.”
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Throughout his years working for the Queen, Anson said Philip had no reservations about his role as Elizabeth’s greatest supporter and advocate – a position Philip held with great honor, according to the insider. royal.
“There were things they had to deal with together that were difficult, but it was a long marriage with a lot of happiness,” Anson said. “He took his role of supporting the Queen as monarch very seriously.”
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For the Queen, Anson was able to provide “great support from a strong, outward-looking man of action that he was. It was natural for his generation to stand by her side. woman, “Anson said, adding,”[Philip] very quickly accepted to make sure to play this supportive role and to direct his own life. “
In the days leading up to Philip’s death, Elizabeth was surrounded by her intimate circle of family members and received “tremendous family support” and “will also be comforted by the enormity of support from all over the world,” A relayed Anson.
The Duke of Edinburgh had had heart surgery earlier this year, but his health problems had started long before.
In 2011, he was taken to hospital by helicopter after suffering from chest pain and being treated for a blocked coronary artery. In 2017, he spent two nights at King Edward Hospital and was hospitalized for 10 days in 2018 for hip replacement.
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Philip was last hospitalized in December 2019, spending four nights at King Edward Hospital for what the palace said was planned treatment for a pre-existing condition.
The royal family confirmed Philip’s death on Friday in a statement.
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“It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle”, indicates the press release.
At the time of his death, Philip’s full title was His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, Privy Councilor.
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He was the second person to bear the title of “Duke of Edinburgh”, the first being his great-great-uncle, Prince Alfred Ernest Albert. His son, Prince Edward, will now assume the title.
Melissa Roberto of Fox News contributed to this report.
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