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Queen’s lady-in-waiting knew Prince Philip ‘as few others did’

Queen was 'formidable' at Prince Philip's funeral says Lette

Lady Susan Hussey supported Her Majesty on Saturday as she grieved her husband of 73 years, the Duke of Edinburgh. The confidante is one of several ladies-in-waiting and has been close to the Queen since 1960.

According to the Telegraph royal correspondent Hannah Furness, throughout all her years with the Royal Family, Lady Susan has gotten to know the Duke of Edinburgh “as few others did”.

The journalist said: “She is among a handful of confidantes with whom the Queen can now share half a lifetime of memories, knowing the Duke of Edinburgh behind closed doors as few others did.”

Lady Susan is also a godmother to Prince William and, according to Ms Furness, has helped Princess Diana and Meghan Markle adapt to their lives as royals.

Having been a support in many important moments in the Queen’s life, some royal experts questioned why Lady Susan could not be a part of Prince Philip’s funeral service so the Queen did not have to sit alone.

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Queen’s lady-in-waiting knew Prince Philip ‘as few others did’ (Image: Getty)

Royal expert Charlie Proctor wrote on Twitter: "Was there really no room in St George’s Chapel for Lady Susan Hussey, The Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting, so Her Majesty didn’t have to sit alone?

“Lady Susan is in The Queen’s bubble and travelled in the car with her today."

Royal commentator Victoria Murphy said of the photo: "This is an incredibly moving image of the Queen alone today."

According to a body language expert, the Queen couldn't face going to the funeral alone" and sought reassurance from other royals.

Body language expert Judi James pointed out how the Queen turned to look back towards the funeral procession as if for reassurance.

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The Queen's lady-in-waiting had an important role as the Monarch faced Prince Philip’s funeral alone (Image: Getty)

She indicated that the gesture could have been because the Monarch was daunted by having to head into the chapel alone.

Ms James told Mail Online: "There was one moment when she paused and turned around before entering the chapel and it looked terribly poignant, almost as though she couldn't face going in alone.

"She turned for what looked like reassurance that her party was behind her."

The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex stepped forward to follow the Queen into the chapel, and were later followed by Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

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