According to Hello magazine, Queen Elizabeth’s special royal assistant detailed the monarch’s reaction to her beloved husband Prince Philip’s death last year in April at the age of 99.
In her book The Other Side of the Coin, The Queen, the Dresser, and the Wardrobe, Angela Kelly revealed that the monarch spent some time alone following Philip’s death.
Kelly, one of the Queen’s closest confidantes, recalls waiting in the monarch’s dressing room for her to return from the Duke of Edinburgh’s burial.
Kelly said in her book, “I assisted her off with her coat and hat and no words were uttered.”
“The Queen then walked to her sitting room, shut the door behind her, and was alone with her thoughts,” she said.
Kelly was also a member of the ‘HMS Bubble,’ a group of royal aides picked to isolate with the Queen and Philip to safeguard them during the COVID epidemic.
“The attitude among all the Royal personnel in the bubble at Windsor Castle was dismal,” Kelly said of the day Philip died. After the family had been notified, just a handful of us were informed.”
“You could see the expression of pain on everyone’s cheeks to see such a fantastic and well-respected guy,” Kelly wrote of the staff’s thoughts and feelings at Philip’s burial on April 17.
“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.”
She added: “I’m sure some of the prayers that were offered were by those who had never prayed before. I think those prayers were offered to keep The Queen strong throughout the months to come, when she would be without her husband.”