The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, to visit the new Royal London Hospital building and the new National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation, UK, February 27, 2013. Photo by: i-Images.

516 days — Queen Elizabeth

One year, five months ago — or 516 days — Queen Elizabeth faced one of the biggest personal challenges of her reign.

The loss of her consort, Prince Philip, aged 99, shaped the last months of her life — an absence keenly felt despite the Queen’s renowned stoicism.

Of all the deaths of her closest confidantes over the years — her father, her sister, her mother — this hit the hardest.


One year, five months prior — or 516 days — Sovereign Elizabeth confronted one of the greatest individual difficulties of her rule.

The deficiency of her partner, Sovereign Philip, matured 99, formed the last a very long time of her life — a nonattendance definitely felt notwithstanding the Sovereign’s eminent emotionlessness.

Of the relative multitude of passings of her nearest associates throughout the long term — her dad, her sister, her mom — this hit the hardest.

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Theirs was a story that traversed 73 years of marriage — with affection, family and administration at its center. From first gathering when the Sovereign was 8 and Philip 13 to the euphoric love bird a long time before her crowning ceremony and the hardships of public life, Philip was in lock step.

At his memorial service, she cut a desolate figure. It was anything but a memorial service of pageantry and state like we can expect for the Sovereign before long.

Separated from her family because of Coronavirus guidelines, Her Highness stayed indifferent behind her facial covering.

In any case, it was the second the public originally saw what life would now resemble for the Sovereign, as she shuffled her public job and her confidential misery, as she adapted without her “steady strength and guide” — the one who referred to her as “Cabbage”.