Elisabetta blows out 95 candles but for her it is the most bitter day: after 73 years it is the first birthday without her husband Filippo
Queen Elizabeth is 95 years old, she was born on April 21, 1926, but for her it is the most bitter birthday, the first, after 73 years, that she lives without having her husband Philip next to, whose funeral took place only a few days does.
For Elizabeth it is a moment of deep sadness, to the point that she prefers to be on her own in Windsor, seeking consolation in her new corgi cubs and her beloved horses. Prince Philip died on April 9th. In the days preceding the funeral, Her Majesty kept faith with the commitments of the Court and personally took care of the funeral ceremony, also dictating precise rules on the dress code to spare Harry and Andrea embarrassment and in order to make the Family appear united. Real, proven not only by the serious bereavement, but also by the poison revelations of her nephew and Meghan Markle.
But now that the Duke of Edinburgh rests in peace, the Queen has decided to retire at least for some time. If last year his birthday was subdued due to the pandemic, now the immense loss of a lifelong companion has been added to the tragedy of Covid. And as if that weren't enough, Elisabetta also had to say goodbye to a dear friend, Sir Michael Oswald, who passed away at the age of 86, on the day of Philip's funeral.
Sir Michael was the former manager of the Royal Stables and oversaw the horse interests of Her Majesty and the Queen Mother. He has often been photographed alongside Elizabeth and also entertained with Kate Middleton when she made her Royal Ascot debut in 2016.
For her birthday, the Queen is expected to receive visits from her closest relatives, although Charles appears to have fled to Wales to mourn the death of his father. It is still unclear if Harry has returned to Meghan Markle or if he specifically stopped a few more days in England to celebrate his grandmother's 95th birthday. Although Elizabeth refused to attend a family summit to discuss the plight of her nephew and spouse. "He was not in the spirit," sources close to the Palace claim.
Kate Middleton, who is increasingly imposing herself at Court, will have the opportunity during the day to pay homage to Her Majesty, perhaps with a few small surprises from her three children, George, Charlotte and Louis, three of Elizabeth's ten great-grandchildren.
Even the public celebrations for the Queen's birthday, which traditionally take place in June with the military parade of the Trooping the Color during which the Royal Family appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, are suspended for the second consecutive year due to the pandemic.
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