Elizabeth II she was always queen, right up to the last. A new biography written by Gyles Brandreth, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, released on December 8, tells of the strength of the sovereign even in the last months of her reign. The anticipates it Daily Mail and devotes many pages to the latter part of the queen’s life, the last year passed without Filippo, her husband of 73 years.
The reaction to Philip’s death is the central theme. Elizabeth II has always tried to keep busy after the farewell to her husband. In the definition of the current queen consort Elizabeth was “unstoppable”. Her doctor said that she had done so many things in the autumn of last year that she suffered a sharp drop in energy, such as to recommend a period of rest.
The book reveals that when Prince Philip retired from public engagements in 2017, he was away from the queen for a few weeks. She would give him his space. The two have instead spent a lot of time together during the lockdownbut also in the following months traveling between Scotland and Sandringham.
The queen wanted to be close to her husband in the last weeks of his life. The book says though that she wasn’t with him when he died because it all happened so fast. Elizabeth never let herself go, as per the “duty of every good Christian”, and she did not leave public commitments, because her husband would not have approved of any type of self-pity.
This new biography tells that the Queen used to watch crime dramas like the series on TV Line of Duty even if it sometimes got lost in the plot. Certainly he has never lost his attention for matters of state related to the royal family. Just in the last few months he has stripped military ranks and public role from his second son, his favourite, Andrew, after involvement in the Epstein scandal. The duke would tell her the whole story about her and she would comment in one word: Intriguing, intriguing, but also complicated. As the problem that led to Andrea’s exclusion from public life proved to be, but not from private life alongside his mother.
In recent months, despite his fragility, he has tried not to miss important engagements such as the Jubilee, but also tea with Paddington Bear which he found extremely amusing to shoot (a sign of a sense of humor never lacking in his life). “The truth is, His Majesty knew he had little time left, but he accepted it with his usual grace.” writes Brandreth.
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Source: Vanity Fair
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