Royals on Queen’s side: how Prince Andrew and Fergie ‘paid regular visits to see Her Majesty’

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Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson have regularly visited the Queen after Prince Philip’s death, with Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex also supporting Her Majesty.

The Queen sat alone at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor yesterday in tear-jerking images that shocked the nation.

However, the royals rushed to her side after Philip’s death, led by Andrew and his ex-wife with sources saying Edward and Sophie also spent “ a lot of time ” supporting her.

If the Queen comes back to life without her 73-year-old husband, she will also reside at Windsor Castle with a ‘bubble’ of 22 royal housekeepers, including some of her closest aides.

They include Page Paul Whybrew, known as’ Tall Paul, who sits and watches TV while the Queen starred alongside her in the James Bond sketch at the 2012 London Olympics.

Dresser Angela Kelly, who has been with the monarch since 1993 and described as her ‘rock’, will also be around.

The other close associates include Ian Carmichael, her Glaszet hairdresser who visited her Friday, and her ladies-in-waiting Susan Hussey, who traveled in the car to the funeral with the Queen yesterday, and the longest-serving lady Mary Morrison, known as Mossy.

British Queen Elizabeth II bowed her head as she sat in St. George’s Chapel at the funeral of Prince Philip, the man who had stood by her side for 73 years

The emotional queen wipes a tear from the back of the royal Bentley when she saw the procession with Prince Philip's coffin.

The emotional queen wipes a tear from the back of the royal Bentley when she saw the procession with Prince Philip’s coffin.

The Queen's Bentley followed the coffin from the castle to the church, behind the Land Rover and her family.  The procession included Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, who have regularly visited the Queen since Philip's death

The Queen’s Bentley followed the coffin from the castle to the church, behind the Land Rover and her family. The procession included Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, who have visited the Queen regularly since Philip’s death

Her Majesty is only allowed to sit close to her tight-knit group of personnel, dubbed “HMS Bubble” by the master of housekeeping Vice Admiral Sir Tony John-stone-Burt last year.

Sir Tony wrote in an email to staff last year: ‘There are 22 Royal Household staff in the Bubble, and I noticed that our predicament is not much different from my previous life in the Royal Navy during a long period of time. foreign deployment.

Indeed, the challenges we face, whether isolating ourselves at home alone, or with our close family and our families, have parallels with being at sea for months on end, away from home, and dealing with a sense of disruption, fear and uncertainty.

‘Regardless of the roles we fulfill, we do them to an exceptional level so that the Queen and other members can also do their duty to the best of their ability.

The Queen and Prince Philip would have loved the joke, especially since the Duke’s nickname was ‘Big Bubble’.

Her Majesty has reportedly already resumed her duties when she called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

But her government work will be carried out by another member of the HMS bubble, Sir Edward Young – her private secretary.

Another member of the HMS bubble is Brigadier General Archie Miller-Bakewell, the Duke of Edinburgh’s private secretary.

There is a long history of monarchs growing close to their assistants, such as Queen Victoria growing close to her Scottish servant, John Brown, and her Indian servant, the Munshi.

The Queen wiped away tears and was forced to grieve alone, away from her family at St George’s Chapel during Prince Philip’s Covid-hit Windsor Castle’s funeral yesterday, when she took an emotional final farewell to her ‘strength and residence’ after their extraordinary 73-year life together.

Her Majesty looked sad and reverently bowed her head as she accompanied her beloved husband’s coffin on his final journey, while their eldest son Prince Charles wept as he walked behind the coffin into the church, followed by other devastated royals.

Prince Andrew

Sarah Ferguson

Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson visited the Queen regularly after Prince Philip’s death

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex have also visited the Queen and have spent a lot of time with her since Philip died at the age of 99

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex have also visited the Queen and have spent a lot of time with her since Philip died at the age of 99

Paul Whybrew (Queen Elizabeth II page) leaves the Goring Hotel after attending a Christmas lunch hosted by Queen Elizabeth II for her closest associates

Paul Whybrew (Queen Elizabeth II page) leaves the Goring Hotel after attending a Christmas lunch hosted by Queen Elizabeth II for her closest associates

Personal Assistant, Adviser and Trustee to Her Majesty Queen Angela Kelly at Windsor Castle.  She will stay close to Her Majesty

Personal Assistant, Adviser and Trustee to Her Majesty Queen Angela Kelly at Windsor Castle. She will stay close to Her Majesty

The Queen stands alone as she watches Prince Philip's coffin being carried by soldiers on his last trip to St George's Chapel, Windsor, today for her beloved husband's funeral

The Queen stands alone as she watches Prince Philip’s coffin being carried by soldiers on his last trip to St George’s Chapel, Windsor, today for her beloved husband’s funeral

The Queen left a personal, handwritten message to Prince Philip during his funeral service today.  but the content of the note is unknown

The Queen left a personal, handwritten message to Prince Philip during his funeral service today. but the content of the note is unknown

Her Majesty, with tears in her eyes, watches after a moment of silent reflection at her husband's coffin

Her Majesty, with tears in her eyes, watches after a moment of silent reflection at her husband’s coffin

The monarch had arrived at the Royal Bentley service with her lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey, 81, widow of former BBC chairman Marmaduke Hussey.

Her connection to the Royal Family is such that Lady Susan is one of the Duke of Cambridge’s godparents and also attended his confirmation in 1997.

For the past year, she joined the Queen and Philip in HMS Bubble as one of roughly 20 members of staff who took care of the royal couple in the lockdown at Windsor Castle.

Ladies-in-waiting are the unsung members of the queen’s household and are personally chosen by the monarch.

They have a variety of duties, including arranging private and personal affairs for the Queen and handling her correspondence.

They also assist the Queen with official engagements, from handing over her money to handing out bouquets of flowers presented to her.

The royal family stands at the bottom of the steps of St. George's Chapel while the coffin is carried into the church

The royal family stands at the bottom of the steps of St. George’s Chapel while the coffin is carried into the church

The couple, pictured together on their diamond wedding anniversary in November 2007

The couple, pictured together on their diamond wedding anniversary in November 2007

In 2001, Lady Susan gave the Queen a pound coin so she could buy The Big Issue from a magazine seller on an official day trip to Brighton.

She was also present at unique moments in history – such as on the Spirit of Chartwell ship with the Queen and other members of the royal family for the 2012 Diamond Jubilee pageant on the Thames.

Ladies-in-waiting often serve the Queen for over 50 years, acting as both friends and loyal assistants, and their discretion and support will be invaluable when the Queen is in mourning.

The late Marmaduke Hussey, who died in 2006, was BBC chairman when Diana, Princess of Wales gave her Panorama interview in 1995, but by tradition he was not given a preview.

“Duke” Hussey was a leader in the newspaper industry for decades, taking on the prestigious BBC post when he retired from News International.

Lady Susan is also a sister of former Tory Cabinet Secretary William Waldegrave.