Queen found it difficult on Christmas Day without Prince Philip ‘ bit of a struggle’

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However, a royal insider has said it is likely that it was her late husband that occupied the monarch’s thoughts.

They told US Weekly: “Christmas was a bit of a struggle for the Queen without Prince Philip by her side.

“And not being able to spend it with her whole family [didn’t help].”

However, Prince Charles and Camilla did celebrate Christmas with the Queen.

Charles, William, and Anne also helped organise a Zoom call so that the monarch could stay in touch with three generations of her family.

Princess Anne was forced to isolate due to her husband testing positive for Covid, while the Cambridges celebrated the holiday at their country residence Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

As the insider notes, this was the best part of the day for the Queen and her great grandchildren in particular.

They continued: “Obviously, the Cambridges were disappointed not to be spending the day with the queen, but thanks to modern technology, they video called her first thing in the morning to wish her a Merry Christmas.” 

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She said: “During that weekend, I know that the queen didn’t go to church at Windsor, which she normally would’ve done, just because she’s just trying to keep everyone safe for Christmas day just in case things can go ahead.”

During her annual Christmas speech, the Queen honoured her late husband by wearing the sapphire brooch that she wore on the couple’s honeymoon in 1947.

In the speech she spoke fondly about her late husband as well as offering comfort to all those who had recently lost loved ones.



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