Heartbroken Queen did 'not say a word' after Philip's funeral – 'Alone with her thoughts'

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The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on April 9 2021, and was laid to rest at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on April 17. Most of the Royal Family attended the service, with Prince Harry returning from the US and Prince Andrew making a rare public appearance.

However, in an excerpt from Angela Kelly’s updated book “The Other Side of the Coin, The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe”, the aide described how the Queen spent time alone in the hours after her husbands funeral.

Ms Kelly described how she waited for Her Majesty in her dressing room until she had returned from the service at St George’s Chapel.

She said in the excerpt: “I helped her off with her coat and hat and no words were spoken.

“The Queen then walked to her sitting room, closed the door behind her, and she was alone with her own thoughts.”

Ms Kelly, who serves as Her Majesty’s Personal Advisor and Curator (The Queen’s Jewellery, Insignias and Wardrobe), was a member of ‘HMS Bubble’ and isolated along with the Queen during the Covid pandemic.

This meant Ms Kelly was isolated with Her Majesty and Philip, and was close by when the Duke died.

Writing on the day Philip died, Ms Kelly said: “The feeling among all the Royal staff in the bubble at Windsor Castle was sombre.

“Only a few of us were told after the family had been informed.”

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On the day of Philip’s funeral, staff were allowed to stand outside the Augusta Tower door opposite St George’s Hall at the Castle.

Ms Kelly wrote on the day: “The Queen’s dressers, pages, chefs, housemaids, footmen and Castle attendants all stood to attention as The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin was carefully placed onto the Land Rover that he had specially designed for the day.

“You could see the expression of sadness on everyone’s faces to see such a great and well-respected man making his last journey.

“Their thoughts, I’m sure, were for The Queen, knowing she had lost a husband and a best friend. The nation shared the grief and their hearts went out to Her Majesty.”

Hello! magazine, which features the full extract from Angela Kelly’s updated edition of The Other Side of the Coin, is out now.

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