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Queen could 'step back' from duties after Philip's funeral, historian says

Queen could 'step back' from duties after Philip's funeral, historian says

THE Queen could take a step back from duties after the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, a royal historian claimed.

Her Majesty would have found the service an ordeal which represented a turning point for the monarchy, Professor Sarah Richardson added.

The Queen sits alone in St George's Chapel as her husband is laid to rest

Her Majesty earlier bowed her head as the service began

The Queen watched as the coffin is carried into the chapel

The Monarch, 94, sat alone today as she laid the Duke of Edinburgh, who stood by her side for seven decades of unwavering service, to rest.

University of Warwick's Prof Richardson said: "To some extent this is the end of a period. The Queen will carry on and she will carry on doing her duty, she's already gone back to work to some extent.

"I think she will step back more and more, she's in her mid-90s. Seeing her there solely on her own, when she's been accompanied by Philip for 70-odd years, I think it represents a turning point."

Our stoic Queen went back to work four days after Prince Philip died aged 99 last Friday.

She marked the retirement of her household's most senior official.

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Prof Richardson added: "She has a really strong sense of service and duty and protocol and she's attended many funerals in the past and she strongly follows the rituals and so on.

"In some ways it would have been comforting for her that the Duke of Edinburgh played such a strong role in planning and organising the service but it must have been an ordeal at the very least."

Just 30 mourners attended Philip's funeral at St. George's Chapel, Windsor this afternoon due to Covid rules.

While the Queen sat alone for the service, members of the Royal Family were also present, including her four children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew.

The funeral complied with Covid regulations

The Queen dressed in black as she arrived at the chapel

She was escorted to the chapel by a lady in waiting but sat alone

The Queen pictured with her loyal husband in a candid shot

And Princes William, 38, and Harry, 36, came face-to-face for the first time since the Duke of Sussex quit royal life - and since his explosive Oprah Winfrey chat.

The pair were kept 12ft apart as they walked behind Prince Philip's coffin, separated by Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips, 43 - a pal of both.

And they were sat opposite each other in the chapel.

But the brothers, who both walked behind their mother Princess Diana's coffin in 1997, shared a private moment and chatted after the service.

Professor of modern British history Sarah Richardson insisted that William and Harry's chat would have been intentional.

She said: "The whole family apart from the Queen walked back to the castle from the chapel.

"The fact that Harry walked with William and Kate I think was perhaps a symbol that there is at least a willingness to talk and perhaps have some rapprochement between the two princes."

Kate Middleton, 39, paid tribute to Princess Diana by wearing Her Majesty's pearl choker which was previously lent to her late mother-in-law.

While The Queen often wore the priceless necklace during the 1980s, she leant the four-strand choker to Princess Diana for a state banquet in the Netherlands in 1982.


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