Queen Elizabeth II to count on her family for support on anniversary after Prince Philip’s death: source

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EXCLUSIVE: Queen Elizabeth II will lean on her loved ones on a dark anniversary.

The reigning monarch’s 95th birthday is the first after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, who was buried in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday.

The Duke of Edinburgh, married to Elizabeth for 73 years, died on April 9 at the age of 99. He would have been 100 years old on June 10.

True Royalty TV co-founder Nick Bullen told Fox News the grieving Queen will rely on her loyal staff and beloved family members to support him.

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Queen Elizabeth II watches as bearers carry the coffin of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to St George's Chapel by bearers during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021, in Windsor, Kingdom -United.
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Queen Elizabeth II watches as bearers carry the coffin of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to St George’s Chapel by bearers during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021, in Windsor, Kingdom -United.
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“Family is extremely important to the Queen,” Bullen said. “A good example of this is the interview Prince Harry gave to James Corden in February. He revealed that the Queen bought her son Archie a waffle iron because that was what his great-grandson wanted. . She is a woman who is queen and yet she asks what her great-grandchild wants. Family is always on her mind. “

The award-winning documentary maker has been directing shows about the royal family for almost 20 years and worked closely with Elizabeth’s eldest son Prince Charles for eight years. He is the executive producer of “Elizabeth at 95: The Invincible Queen”, which explores how the British Royal Family became one of the most influential corporate brands in the world.

“We have a whole series of documentaries on the royal family and the only thing that is still there is their relationship with the family,” he said. “She really enjoys the times she’s with them and it shows. If you look at the big Christmas party that she throws every year, she holds it for everyone, including the extended family. The most famous woman. Everyone loves being with her family because she can truly be herself. She is a woman whose every move is well watched. And when she is with her family she can really open up and be honest. “

Queen Elizabeth was seen wiping away her tears after Prince Philip’s funeral

Princess Elizabeth with her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne, August 1951.

Princess Elizabeth with her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne, August 1951.
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“The only thing the British royal family has emphasized over the years is the need for the other,” he continued. “In good times or bad, she relies on her family to support him. And I imagine there is tremendous solace in there. There is no doubt that family is extremely important to the Queen.

Bullen recalled covering television for Elizabeth’s 90th birthday at Windsor Castle, as well as her response to the festivities.

“I remember speaking to him afterwards and I said to him, ‘Did you enjoy the event, Your Majesty? He said. “She said, ‘It was great, but there was too much of it on me.’ It was the Queen’s 90th birthday and yet she felt like there was too much about her. But still, you really witnessed his deep relationship with his family. I’m sure she will connect with them this year. “

“I think that’s one of her biggest accomplishments as Queen – her love of family,” added Bullen.

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Queen Elizabeth II with her eldest son, Prince Charles, heir to the throne.

Queen Elizabeth II with her eldest son, Prince Charles, heir to the throne.
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Philip will rest in the Royal Vault alongside the remains of 24 other members of the Royal Family, including King George III, until Elizabeth’s death. The Queen and her Prince are expected to be buried together in the Royal Cemetery at the Frogmore Estate near Windsor Castle.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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