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Queen and Prince Philip had ‘unique’ bond as ‘only they knew what it was like to be them’

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The Duke of Edinburgh died last Friday aged 99 at Windsor Castle and is the longest-serving royal consort in British history. According to expert Ingrid Seward, Her Majesty is “coping extremely well”.

The royal author told US Weekly: “She is so used to bereavements. It’s not as if she didn’t think this was coming — she knew this was going to happen.

“I think she would have loved it if at least he could have lived through her birthday, which is April 21, or even if he’d managed to live to hit 100.

“But she knew he didn’t really care about being 100 and only everyone else cared about it.”

Ms Seward explained how the Queen and Prince Philip shared a unique relationship because of their roles as monarch and consort.

The Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen and Prince Philip had a “unique partnership” (Image: getty)

She said: “They were two unique people and only they knew what it was like to be them.

“They were in unique circumstances, they shared things.

“So, for instance, when they were younger, they were constantly, constantly traveling around the Commonwealth and around the world.

“And then Phillip used to go off on his own, but when they were together, they could share everything.

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The Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen is “coping extremely well”, according to expert Ingrid Seward (Image: getty)

“I think it actually would have been an almost impossible job for someone to do on their own. So it was a partnership — a very unique partnership.”

Royal author Andrew Morton also spoke to US Weekly about how the Queen would have likely “anticipated” her husband’s death but highlighted how the pandemic gave them a chance to spend more time together.

He said: “The positive thing to have come out of it is that the Queen and Prince Phillip have spent more time together in the last year — because of COVID, they’ve both been forced to stay at Windsor Castle.

“The Queen’s character is very stoical. She’s a very matter-of-fact character.”

Ms Seward added how although the Duke was old, his passing would still have been a “shock” to Her Majesty.

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Prince Philip timeline

Prince Philip timeline (Image: Express.co.uk)

She continued: “Shock makes you go into … what I always call military mode, because you actually do things very, very calmly, very exactly, very quickly, and you just get on with it.

“And usually, grief hits a little bit later.

“So I would think that the queen is absolutely just getting on with the organization or delegating her wishes as to what she wants…I think when the whole thing is over, that will be the hard time for her.”

On Sunday, Prince Andrew described how his father’s death has “left a huge void” in the Queen’s life.

He added that Britain has “lost the grandfather of the nation”.

The Palace has announced that Prince Philip’s funeral will take place on April 17 in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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