Queen Elizabeth news latest: Royal Family mourning 'in private' as Her Majesty marks first anniversary of Philip's death

THE Queen and Royal Family are "privately" mourning the first anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's death.

Philip, famously described by the Queen as her "constant strength and guide", died peacefully in his sleep on April 9, 2021 at his Windsor Castle home, just a few months short of his 100th birthday.

Buckingham Palace announced his death just after noon that day, issuing a statement that spoke about the royal family joining with people across the globe to grieve.

At the recent service of thanksgiving for Philip's life, Dean of Windsor the Right Rev David Conner paid tribute to his abilities and also highlighted his shortcomings – just as the duke would have wanted.

He described Philip as a man of "passionate commitment" who devoted his "intellectual and physical energy" to a "host of down-to-earth enterprises", but he could also be "abrupt" in a "robust conversation, forgetting just how intimidating he could be".

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen to remember 'beloved' husband Philip in private today

    The Queen and royal family are expected to privately mark the first anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's death.

    Philip, famously described by the Queen as her "constant strength and guide", died peacefully in his sleep on April 9, 2021 at his Windsor Castle home, just a few months short of his 100th birthday.

    Buckingham Palace announced his death just after noon that day, issuing a statement that spoke about the royal family joining with people across the globe to grieve.

    A man known as much for his keen interest in engineering and science as his outspoken comments and gaffes, the duke was central to the monarch's life.

    Philip became an international figure when he married the Queen more than 70 years ago, and his death was marked with tributes from world leaders, foreign royal families and charities he supported.

    At the recent service of thanksgiving for Philip's life, Dean of Windsor the Right Rev David Conner paid tribute to his abilities and also highlighted his shortcomings – just as the duke would have wanted.

    He described Philip as a man of "passionate commitment" who devoted his "intellectual and physical energy" to a "host of down-to-earth enterprises", but he could also be "abrupt" in a "robust conversation, forgetting just how intimidating he could be".

    The Queen is believed to be at Windsor Castle and it is understood she will mark the first anniversary of the death of her husband privately.

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    Princess Royal marks start of Australian tour at Sydney Royal Easter Show

    The Princess Royal has commenced her three-day visit of Australia by returning to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, which she first opened with her mother, brother and father in 1970.

    Anne was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony for the event as it celebrated its 200th anniversary on Saturday.

    In the same 150-year-old horse-drawn carriage which carried herself, the Queen, the late Duke of Edinburgh and Charles into the show 52 years ago, the princess again made her way into the main arena to officially open the event on Saturday afternoon.

    Accompanied by her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the royal is visiting the Commonwealth nation on behalf of the Queen in celebration of her Platinum Jubilee.

    She previously opened the show in 1988.

    Anne, who is the patron of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth, viewed stands and displays ahead of a planned dinner at Sydney Olympic Park.

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    Meghan could make political career a reality

    Meghan has long had her eyes set on a political career after quitting acting and the Royal Family, it has been claimed.

    And a flat close to the action could make her dream a reality.

    US politicians first seriously floated the idea in 2020 when Meghan described the battle between Donald Trump and Joe Biden as “the most important election of our lifetime” – before she became the first member of the Royal Family to vote in a major election.

    Mike Trujillo, a prominent Democratic strategist, then said in February 2021 that she was more than putting her toe in the water.

    He told The Times: “Once your toe is in the water your whole foot is in and next thing you know you are knee-deep and then you are fully in.”

    The duchess slowly started building links to members of the Democratic Party in the months that followed to “accelerate” her position.

    At the very top of her list of contacts was Michelle Obama, who was First Lady to President Barack Obama, from 2008 to 2016.

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    Meghan ‘a figure of fun’ by hometown novelist

    MEGHAN Markle has been branded a “figure of fun” in her hometown a novelist – who, despite this, says Hollywood has turned its back on the royal couple.

    Novelist Celia Walden spoke to GB News’ Dan Wootton and said: “I thought maybe people would be protective of her out here, but not at all.

    “She’s just a figure of fun and the crucial misstep she made is forgetting that the whole of the US love the Queen. So, anyone who is deemed to have affronted the Queen, or behaved badly in that regard, is just not going to go down well.”

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    Will and Harry are still tight, but Harry’s cutting it close

    Charles and Will were reportedly angry with Harry for ‘putting words in their mouths’.

    Harry and Meghan were famously interviewed by Oprah last year during which Harry spoke of feeling trapped.

    Referring to his father and brother and their line to the throne he said: “My father and my brother are trapped. They don’t get to leave, and I have huge compassion for that.”

    However, royal expert and biographer, Robert Jobson disagrees.

    Speaking on podcast, Royally US, Jobson said: “I think Harry was putting words into his father and his brother’s mouths, and maybe making an assessment based upon his feelings.

    “They were both very angry about that, both Charles and William. I don’t think it’s true, I don’t think he felt trapped in any way.”

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    Former Met Police security detail says Harry faces greater risk in Holland than London

    Former Met Inspector Ken Wharfe said the potential risks of Harry’s appearance at the games is a far bigger risk than if he’d attended his grandfather’s funeral.

    Mr Wharfe told MailOnline: “I’m baffled about why Harry thinks he would be safer in the Netherlands than in the UK.

    “He would have travelled to his grandfather’s memorial service with his brother or father and received protection from the Met.

    “It’s not like he would have been turning up at Westminster Abbey on a bike.”

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    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘planning surprise house move’ to ‘support duchess’ UN ambitions’

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle are allegedly planning a surprise move to New York.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to be considering an almost 3,000-mile relocation to support the duchess’ United Nations ambitions.

    The couple have been settled in their £11.million mansion in Santa Barbara, on the central California coast, since June 2020.

    But as part of Meghan’s plans to conquer the political world, they could soon have a place to call home in the Big Apple.

    According to Mail+, the Sussexes are pondering renting an apartment in Manhattan.

    The area is home to the UN’s headquarters, which Harry and Meg visited in a rare public appearance in September last year.

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  • Milica Cosic

    Kate & William to be 'sidelined'

    According to a royal expert, Kate Middleton and Prince William may end up being sidelines in the public eye by their children.

    Richard Palmer, the royal expert, told the Express's Royal Round-Up: 'It's a national soap opera the Royal Family and there always has to be a black sheep of the family.

    "So people's popularity will go up and down.

    "It may well be you get 15 years down the line, and William and Kate are the Prince and Princess of Wales, and people by that stage are sort of, younger people certainly, saying we are far more interested in Prince George, Prince Charlotte and Prince Louis then we are with Prince William and by then Princess Kate."

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    Queen pulls out of Easter event next week

    THE Queen has pulled out of an Easter event next week.

    Her Majesty, 95, had been due to attend a service at St George's Chapel in Windsor on April 14, but she will instead be represented by the Duchess of Cornwall.

    Camilla will be joined by Prince Charles to meet the Dean of Windsor, The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO and the Lord High Almoner, the Right Reverend Dr. John Inge.

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    The ULTIMATE Platinum Jubilee coin

    You can get your hands on the ultimate Platinum Jubilee coin, which features a one-of-a-kind portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

    To celebrate this astonishing achievement, The Ultimate Platinum Jubilee Coin has been issued and is available today for free, but you've just got to pay £2.50 postage.

    Never before in British history has a monarch marked their Platinum Jubilee – so order this coin quickly as we're sure it's going to sell out quickly!

    Get your hands on one here.

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    Princess Beatrice may be a ‘anxiety-free new parent’

    A body language expert has given the in’s on what parent Princess Beatrice might be, stating that she might act more like a ‘young girl herself rather than a wife and mother’.

    Body language expert Judi James said: “Beatrice has several emotional advantages that should help her new role as a mother to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible.

    “Her husband Edo was an experienced father already and although she is the older sister it has always been Eugenie who has looked the more mature and protective of her.

    “Watching Beatrice’s most recent videos on social media we can see someone who looks and talks more like a young girl herself rather than a wife and mother.

    “Her conversational skills with children seem based on her own high levels of empathy and love of acting like a big kid.”

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    Documents about Queen's death accidentally leaked

    Official emails about protocols for Queen's were death accidentally leaked.

    An investigation has been launched after official emails about protocols used when the Queen dies were accidentally leaked by the Welsh government to people internally and a former employee.

    The documents were marked as "official sensitive".

    A spokesperson for the permanent secretary, Andrew Goodall, who is the head of the Welsh Government Civil Service, said: "It was marked 'official sensitive' and should not have been shared.

    "We take the issue of information and data security very seriously and this is now being investigated as a potential security breach."

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    Harry ‘safer coming to UK’ than to Invictus Games in Holland

    PRINCE Harry would have been safer in the UK for Prince Philip’s memorial service than he will be in Holland for the Invictus Games, his former protection officer said today.

    Former Met Inspector Ken Wharfe, who worked in private protection for Harry, William and Princess Diana, said the potential risks of the contest are far greater than those the duke would face in London.

    Mr Wharfe, who wrote a controversial tell-all book on Princess Diana after her death, told Mail Online the very nature of the event makes it a common target for terrorists because of its military links.

    Police and security services in the Netherlands have refused to say whether he will get royal protection, although it’s understood to be extremely likely.

    Mr Wharfe said: “I’m baffled about why Harry thinks he would be safer in the Netherlands than in the UK.

    “He would have travelled to his grandfather’s memorial service with his brother or father and received protection from the Met.

    “It’s not like he would have been turning up at Westminster Abbey on a bike.”

    He said that in his personal view, it’s “more of a risk to go to Holland to support a charity with a military link” than attend the memorial.

    Harry is taking on the Government after he was told he’d no longer be given the “same degree” of personal protective security on visits from the US, despite offering to pay for it himself.

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    Camilla tours Jane Austen's home

    The Duchess of Cornwall was left disappointed when a tour of Jane Austen's former home featured Mr Darcy's famous shirt – but no Colin Firth.

    Firth's brooding depiction of the aloof romantic hero, in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride And Prejudice, inspired a new generation of Austen readers.

    Camilla is clearly among the fans who remember the scene where Mr Darcy emerged from a swim in a lake with his shirt dripping wet.

    The duchess, an avid Austen reader, was taken on a tour of the author's former home in the village of Chawton, near Winchester in Hampshire, and was shown clothing from recent television and film adaptations of the 19th century author's work, including Mr Darcy's shirt.

    "But he's not in it, that's a bit sad," Camilla joked after being shown the shirt by Lizzie Dunford, director of Jane Austen's House, who replied: "I know, that's sad, and it's not quite as damp as it was."

    The duchess quipped: "You could give it a good spray."

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    William & Kate could move to Windsor this summer

    PRINCE William and Kate want to move to Windsor as soon as this summer to be nearer the Queen.

    The Cambridges are said to have checked out various royal mansions at Windsor, including Prince Andrew’s Royal Lodge — but he will not budge.

    The pair, who split their time between Norfolk and Kensington Palace, are now looking at private homes.

    Insiders claim they also eyed up Frogmore House, where they often take George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, to play at weekends.

    There were also rumours that the couple could take Adelaide Cottage in the shadow of Windsor Castle — but it is currently being lived in.

    And royal sources have dismissed claims the couple are to have apartments in Windsor Castle.

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    Platinum Jubilee easter egg sells out – despite price tag

    A Queen’s Platinum Jubilee edible Easter egg has sold out despite its hefty £145 price tag.

    The limited edition of 70 Belgian chocolate treats were “expertly crafted by chocolatiers in the UK” according to the Royal Collection website.

    They were packaged in Jubilee-themed purple in a gift box and individually numbered.

    The website said the “unique and impressive gift” was created from two kilograms of luxury chocolate and 13in high.

    But for those with tighter budgets celebratory chocs under £20 a box are still available.

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    Fears Andrew ‘getting too close to the Queen’

    There are fears that disgraced Prince Andrew is getting too close to the Queen.

    A source said: “The need to move to Windsor is growing more and more. Andrew spends a lot of time with the Queen.

    “He lives next door and is always there for her. During the Covid lockdown, the family were glad Andrew was always on hand.

    “There is not a man, woman or child who would not say he had every right to be at Philip’s thanksgiving. But the family have been adamant there’s no way back.

    “There are real fears that despite being banished from The Firm in January, he is using his closeness to the Queen as a springboard back into public life.”

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    Royal expert suggests Prince Andrew remains neither seen nor heard

    Prince Andrew continues to make headlines after settling his sexual abuse case brought about by Virginia Giuffre.

    Jennie Bond, royal correspondent BBC News for 14 years, wrote an article for inews suggesting Prince Andrew “keep quiet and out of sight.”

    It was shocking to many to see him accompany the Queen down the aisle during the memorial of his father, Prince Philip, last week.

    Bond continued: “his lack of self-awareness and his innate self-importance appear to be as strong as ever, in spite of the public humiliation that has been heaped on him.

    “He remains the most disliked member of the royal family.

    “Andrew’s wisest course is to enjoy his privileged lifestyle with his adoring family, and to keep quiet and out of sight.”

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    Princess Charlene parents her children like Kate (Continued…)

    The parenting expert, Jo Austin, from Tayberry Tuition and Consultancy also commented on Charlene's style with her husband.

    Jo said: “Reports have suggested that Princess Charlene and Prince Albert very much work together as a team, which any parent of twins will tell you is essential.

    “Charlene is bringing her children up very much in the public eye, and therefore disciplining her children must be discrete.

    “Bringing up twins in particular is difficult, as it’s very easy to parent them in the same manner, but every child is different and an individual.

    “Whereas some are happy to be more independent, others need more reassurance,” the expert claimed.

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    Princess Charlene parents her children like Kate

    A parenting expert has compared Charlene, Princess of Monaco's parenting to the likes of Kate Middleton's. Charlene, Princess of Monaco has two twin children – Jacques and Gabriella, both seven years old.

    Parenting expert Jo Austin, from Tayberry Tuition and Consultancy, spoke to Express.co.uk to outline Charlene’s techniques with her children.

    Jo said: “Charlene’s parenting is quite similar to many other royals in the British Royal Family.

    “They all have full time jobs and royal engagements which they must attend, meaning that they can spend prolonged amounts of time away from their children.

    “The Queen had a variety of royal engagements to attend throughout her children’s childhoods, and so often left them at home whilst she went on tours.

    “Her parenting style could also be similar to that of Sophie Wessex and the Duchess of Cambridge, as they too were brought up out of the public eye, so therefore will be bringing their children up in a very different environment to how they were brought up,” Jo claimed.

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    Camilla's favourite BBC programme

    Royal expert Neil Sean discussed the royals' love the Strictly on hisYouTube channel, and how Camilla "bores" Charles with her weekly Strictly updates.

    Mr Sean said: "Camilla is a huge fan of the hit TV show, Strictly Come Dancing.

    "I know over in America and I think it may be that title in various parts of the world… but over here we call it Strictly Come Dancing.

    "It is the Autumn number one show on the British broadcasting corporation."

    He added: "Camilla has been a fan for so many year.

    "Apparently she actually sort of could we say almost bores Prince Charles with her analogies of who's doing well and who's not doing well on a weekly basis."

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen picked Philip's memorial date to mark his heroic past

    Royal experts have noted that the Queen picked the day of Prince Philip's memorial to pay tribute to his heroic past.

    Speaking on the Royally Obsessed podcast, hosts Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie discussed the reasoning behind the memorial date.

    Ms Fiorito said: "I did learn later that March 29 is a significant date" as it is a nod to his role in Royal Navy."

    Ms Bowie added: "Apparently this was a very under-the-radar connection to the date but Philip, on the date March 29, 1941, manned a searchlight aboard the HMS Valiant and it was under enemy fire during the Battle of Cape Matapa.

    "And he was mentioned in dispatches for his bravery and actions on that day."

    She added: "The Queen always thinks of him as that hero."

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    Harry & Meghan have ‘no room to heal’ relationship with Royal Family

    It has been claimed by a royal expert that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have ‘no room to heal’ their relationship with the Royal Family.

    Kinsey Schofield told Express.co.uk: “I don’t think that there’s any room to heal at this point because there’s so much pushback from the Sussexes.

    “I just feel like there’s so much animosity right now that they’re considered outsiders.” 

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