Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth spent her first anniversary without her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at her side. It’s no doubt a difficult day, especially given the challenging year the monarchy has had. From Meghan Markle’s and Prince Harry’s antics to Prince Andrew’s growing Jeffery Epstein related legal troubles, it’s doubtful that the Queen thought that this is how she would spend the twilight of her long reign.
HRH Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark were married in Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947, just two years after the end of World War II.
As the country was still experiencing some austerity measures, the woman who would become Queen in just five short years, paid for her dress with ration coupons. The dress was made from duchesse satin and incorporated at 13-foot train. She also wore the Queen Mary Fringe Tiara from her grandmother Queen Mary, which was made from a diamond necklace given to Mary by Queen Victoria.
Famously, the tiara broke before she could walk down the aisle and was hastily reconstructed for the young princess.
Though the tiara briefly fractured, the Queen and Prince Philip remained a joint force together for almost three-fourths of a century. Their love kept the monarchy together and gave the country some much needed stability as the world constantly changed around them.
There’s no word on how she spent the day, but it was likely filled with family remembrances and in mourning for the man who stood behind her diligently for so many years.
She would likely prefer if Prince Philip was by her side given the difficult year she continues to have, and the whole family is probably yearning for his no nonsense and straight forward view of royal life and duty.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have been a pain in the royal family’s side for this last year. They famously did an interview with Oprah Winfrey, while Philip was on his death bed, and accused the entire royal family of being a racist institution, though the couple disagreed on when the supposedly racist incident took place.
The couple have then gone on to interfere in politics, conduct pseudo royal tours and, in the case of Meghan, make the entire royal institution look like a group of desperate celebrities on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
Probably the most bittersweet incident of the whole year was the birth of Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the couple’s second child. In order to try and ingratiate themselves into the royal fold after publicly tarnishing the monarchy’s reputation on international television, the couple gave their child the name LIlibet, a nickname that only a small handful of people exceptionally close to Her Majesty were allowed to use and she asked that her family retire after Philip’s death.
After Harry and Meghan told the public that the Queen had no issue with it, the widow was then forced to publicly state her disapproval to the BBC.
Then there’s the case with Prince Andrew, who was forced to give up all his royal duties and patronages after a disastrous BBC interview regarding his relationship with convicted pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein. Andrew is now being sued by a woman who claims that she was trafficked by the felon to the Duke of York while she was underage.
As allegedly Her Majesty’s favorite child, there are indications that she will likely fund his legal defense, which will not go down well with the public.
For a 95-year-old woman already struggling with her health, this is stress that she does not need. But the royal family is rallying around her and trying to protect her the best they can from the chaos.
Hopefully, this is anniversary is a day of remembrance, solemness and filled with family for Her Majesty. She deserves it after the year she’s had.