Here are some photos of Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. She attended the multi-day event on two consecutive days, July 2nd and 3rd. Because Liz loves horses and she loves horse events. Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and, um, Penny Brabourne were also at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Liz was probably happy to see Philip’s special friend, one would assume. She honestly looked thrilled to spend two days doing horse stuff. Which has led to a new round of commentary about why the Queen doesn’t seem to be devastated by grief for her late husband. It seems that much like the Countess of Wessex’s rationale for going on a Grief Tour, the Queen believes that moving on and having fun is “what Philip would have wanted.”
The Queen is moving on: Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, Phil Dampier, who has written about the royal family for 35 years, explained that although the Queen was ‘devastated’ by Prince Philip’s death in April, she has been determined to carry on with public duties because he would want her to ‘live life to the full’. He added that the easing of lockdown restrictions has given the Queen ‘new energy’ and she is carrying out her duties with renewed ‘enthusiasm’.
What Philip would have wanted: ‘Some might think it is strange that she is so happy so soon after Prince Philip’s death, but I think there is a simple explanation,’ Mr Dampier explained. “I’m sure she was devastated by his passing – after all they were married for 73 years. But I’m sure that he told her to enjoy what was left of her own life. He would not want her to sit around mourning him like Queen Victoria did for Albert, and I bet he would want her to carry on living life to the full. Ironically they spent a lot more time together at the end because of lockdown. His death wasn’t unexpected and he had a long and fulfilled life. Like him the Queen is very practical and pragmatic, and she knows he would support her getting out and about.’
Liz loves the goss: ‘It’s been fantastic to see the Queen is such good form in recent weeks. She seems happy and relaxed and it’s a joy to see her smiling face. I think she is just delighted to be out of lockdown like the rest of us, and getting out and about doing the things she loves. She has her social life and you could see how happy she was to be at the Windsor Horse Show, one of her favourite events of the year, four days running. She meets up with old friends and loves to catch up on gossip, as well as spend time with her own family.’
Liz is being supported: ‘We have seen how other members of the family are now supporting her, with Prince William and Princess Anne on recent visits in Scotland. And we can expect to see more of Edward and Sophie as well as Charles and Camilla with the Queen. She will never abdicate, but slowly the others are taking up the slack.’
She’s never alone: ‘In private she is never lonely, with her two favourite servants, dresser Angela Kelly and page Paul Whybrew always on hand,’ he explained. ‘They are so close to her they even sometimes sit watching TV with her for company. Being released from lockdown seems to have given the Queen new energy, and at 95 she has a truly remarkable zest and enthusiasm, making every day a new adventure.’
Personally, I don’t judge the Queen for getting out there and doing events and horsey things after her husband passed away. It probably IS what Philip would have wanted and keeping busy probably makes her feel better. What does surprise me is that she genuinely seems happier now that Philip’s gone. I guess I’m also surprised that she still has so much on her plate. Charles has so clearly set up a soft regency and he’s assuming so much control behind-the-scenes. But Liz is the one people want to see, and she’s “being seen” all over the place.
Photos courtesy of Backgrid.