The tragic death of Princess Diana in 1997 triggered mourning around the world. During the extremely difficult time for Prince William and Prince Harry, the Queen remained at Balmoral Castle despite calls for her return to Buckingham Palace. The Queen eventually returned to London to deliver a speech.
“This is the most tumultuous moment in the Queen’s reign.
“She showed her and the monarchy the ability to bounce back and even in times of trouble, to try to bring people together.
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“It was decisive action in a week where she still had to mourn and in shock while caring for these grandchildren. ”
Royal expert Charles Crawford also praised the Queen for her ability to invoke hope during the time of mourning.
Mr Crawford said: ‘The Queen was trying very sadly to get everyone to remember the children, Prince William and Harry, in all of this.
“Maybe the queen is just sending a signal, the monarchy continues and the next two generations of kings are already with us.
“The Queen could have said as a mother, as a grandmother and as a grieving stepmother. ”
During the speech, the Queen spoke about William and Harry’s struggles and why she hadn’t spoken out sooner.
She said: “This week at Balmoral we have all tried to help William and Harry come to terms with the devastating loss they and we have suffered.
“For my part, I believe there are lessons to be learned from his life and from the extraordinary and moving response to his death. “