Queen to ‘find comfort from Kate’ on first wedding anniversary without Philip, says expert
The Queen may return to Sandringham to feel closer to Prince Philip as her first wedding anniversary without her beloved husband approaches, says a royal expert. And Kate, who often spends weekends on the estate with William and the children, will be a great source of comfort to her.
Earlier this month, Her Majesty paid a brief visit to her home in Norfolk as she recovered from an unspecified bout of ill health, before returning to Windsor Castle.
And, says royal commentator Duncan Larcombe [author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story], she may well head back there for the weekend to mark 74 years since her royal wedding on November 20 1947.
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“The Queen always goes to Sandringham for Christmas but I’ve never known her to head there as early as she did,” he says.
“It may be that she was there because of her health issues but she may well have made the decision to visit because that’s where she feels closest to Philip.
“Sandringham was Philip’s favourite residence by some distance and he would have liked to have lived there all the time if he could have, so you can imagine that the Queen takes comfort from being there.
“She’s expected to attend the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph this weekend [14 November] but I wouldn’t be surprised if she returned to Sandringham soon afterwards.”
“William and Kate’s country home, Anmer Hall, is very close to the main house so it’s possible that they’ll pay her a visit on the anniversary. The Queen takes great comfort from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and I think it would be a source of immense cheer if she saw the Cambridge children.
“She’s also become very close to Kate. I think Kate will be considered the right person to offer support to the Queen on what will be a poignant reminder of a long and happy marriage. Being at Sandringham makes it very easy for them to make private visits to see the Queen. ”
Remarking on the very challenging year the monarch has endured, Duncan adds, “Since Philip’s death, the Royal Family has rallied round the Queen like never before.
“I think the fact that they weren’t able to see her during Covid may have added to this, but a feature of this post-lockdown period is that the whole family is really putting the Queen and her needs first beyond anything else.”
Until his death at the age of 99 last April, Prince Philip and the Queen always marked their anniversary in public. In 1997, at a speech made on their 50th wedding anniversary, the Queen famously described the duke as ‘my strength and stay all these years.’
For their 60th, the couple were pictured at Broadlands in Romsey, Hampshire, where they had spent part of their honeymoon. And for their 70th anniversary, the bells rang out at Westminster Abbey where the couple had been married all those years earlier.
Last November, they issued a lovely photograph of themselves opening a colourful handmade card sent by the Cambridge children.
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