Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson have visited the Queen regularly after Prince Philip’s death, with Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex also supporting Her Majesty, it has emerged.
The Queen was left sitting alone at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral yesterday at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in heartbreaking footage that shocked the country.
However, the royal family rushed to her side after the death of Philip, led by Andrew and his ex-wife, with sources claiming that Edward and Sophie also spent “a lot of time” supporting her.
While the Queen will come back to life without her husband for 73 years, she will also remain at Windsor Castle with a ‘bubble’ of 22 royal household workers, including some of her closest associates.
They include page Paul Whybrew, known as ‘Tall Paul’, who sits and watches TV with the Queen who performed alongside him in the James Bond sketch at the London 2012 Olympics.
The Angela Kelly dresser, who has worked with the monarch since 1993 and has been described as her “rock”, will also stay close.
Other close associates include Ian Carmichael, her Glaswegian hairstylist who visited her on Friday and her ladies-in-waiting Susan Hussey, who traveled in the car to the funeral with the Queen yesterday, and the oldest lady Mary Morrison, known as name of Moussu.
British Queen Elizabeth II tilts her head as she sits in St. George’s Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, the man who has been by her side for 73 years.
The emotional Queen wipes a tear from the back of the Royal Bentley as she sees the procession carrying Prince Philip’s coffin
The Queen’s Bentley followed the casket from the castle to the church, behind the Land Rover and its family. The procession included Prince Andrew and Prince Edward who have regularly visited the Queen since Philip’s death
Her Majesty is only allowed to sit near her group of collaborators, nicknamed “HMS Bubble” by the master of the house, Vice-Admiral Sir Tony John-stone-Burt, last year.
Sir Tony wrote in an email sent to staff last year: ‘There are 22 Royal Household staff inside the bubble, and I was struck by the fact that our situation didn t is no different from my previous life in the Royal Navy on a long deployment overseas.
“Indeed, the challenges we face, whether it be self-isolation at home alone, or with our close household and families, have parallels with being at sea, away from home for many months, and having to deal with feelings of dislocation, anxiety and uncertainty.
“Whatever roles we play, we fulfill them to exceptional standards to enable the Queen and other Members to do their duty to the best of their ability. “
The Queen and Prince Philip would have enjoyed the joke, especially since the Duke’s nickname was ‘Big Bubble’.
Her Majesty is said to have already resumed her duties by telephoning Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
But his government work will be carried out by another member of the HMS bubble, Sir Edward Young – his private secretary.
Another member of the HMS bubble is Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, private secretary to the Duke of Edinburgh.
There is a long history of monarchs who grow up close to their helpers, like Queen Victoria who grew up close to her Scottish attendant, John Brown, and her Indian servant, the Munshi.
The Queen wiped away her tears and was forced to cry alone away from her family in St George’s Chapel during Prince Philip’s funeral at Covid at Windsor Castle yesterday as she said a final emotional farewell to her “strength and stay ”after their extraordinary 73-year life. together.
Her Majesty looked grieved with grief and bowed her head reverently as she accompanied the coffin of her beloved husband on his final journey while their eldest son Prince Charles wept as he walked behind the coffin in the church, followed by other devastated royals.
Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson regularly visited the Queen after Prince Philip’s death
Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex have also visited the Queen and have spent a lot of time with her since Philip died at 99.
Paul Whybrew (Queen Elizabeth II page) leaves the Goring Hotel after attending a Christmas luncheon hosted by Queen Elizabeth II for her close members of staff
Personal Assistant, Advisor and Curator to Her Majesty Queen Angela Kelly at Windsor Castle. She will stay close to Her Majesty
The Queen stands alone as she gazes at Prince Philip’s coffin carried by soldiers on her final trip to St George’s Chapel, Windsor, today for the funeral of her beloved husband.
The Queen left a personal hand-written message for Prince Philip during his funeral service today. but the content of the note is not known
Her Majesty, with tears in her eyes, watches after having had a moment of quiet reflection near her husband’s coffin
The monarch had arrived for service in the Royal Bentley with his maid of honor Lady Susan Hussey, 81, widow of former BBC President Marmaduke Hussey.
Such is his connection to the royal family that Lady Susan is one of the godfathers of the Duke of Cambridge, and also witnessed his confirmation in 1997.
Over the past year, she has joined the Queen and Philip in HMS Bubble as one of around 20 people looking after the royal couple locked in Windsor Castle.
The ladies-in-waiting are the little-known members of the Queen’s household and are personally chosen by the monarch.
They have a variety of duties, including looking after the private and personal affairs of the Queen and handling her correspondence.
They also help the Queen during official engagements, from handing over her money to handing over the bouquets of flowers presented to her.
The royal family stand at the bottom of the steps of St George’s Chapel as the coffin is carried into the church
The couple, pictured together on their diamond wedding anniversary in November 2007
In 2001, Lady Susan presented the Queen with a one-pound coin so that she could purchase The Big Issue from a magazine vendor on an official day trip to Brighton.
She has also been present at unique moments in history – such as on the Spirit of Chartwell barge with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family for the Diamond Jubilee River Contest on the Thames in 2012.
Ladies-in-waiting often serve the Queen for over 50 years and act as both loyal friends and helpers, and their discretion and support will be invaluable during the Queen’s mourning.
The late Marmaduke Hussey, who died in 2006, was chairman of the BBC when Diana, Princess of Wales, gave him an interview with Panorama in 1995, but, in keeping with tradition, he did not get a preview.
“Duke” Hussey was a leader in the newspaper industry for decades, taking the prestigious BBC job when he retired from News International.
Lady Susan is also a sister of former Conservative minister William Waldegrave.