Her first birthday as a widow, alone, in the midst of a pandemic and with the new challenge of reconciling a family in crisis, which threatens the trust and future of the monarchy. Queen Elizabeth served her 95 unofficial royal years at Windsor Palace, when just five days ago she buried Prince Philip, her husband and patriarch of 73 years. His grandson Harry returned to California, after seeing her twice after her funeral, according to The Sun.
An old photo of her, with her bordeaux hat and flowers, was published by Buckingham Palace to replace the traditional portrait of the sovereign on each birthday. For the second time the cannons were not heard who greet her because of the duel, which ends on Friday.
Usually for the birthday of a senior royal, the bells of Westminster Abbey would ring. But that is also not taking place due to the period of mourning and COVID-19 restrictions.
The Queen’s Message
The queen thanked her supporters for the “support and kindness” shown after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, in a message.
Isabel II canceled all birthday celebrations for Felipe’s death.
Today, on the occasion of my 95th birthday, I have received many messages of good wishes, which I am very grateful for. Although as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to all of us to see and hear the tributes that are paid to my husband, on behalf of those of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world, ”said the queen in a personal message to her subjects.
“My family and I want to thank you for all the support and kindness you have shown us in recent days. We have been deeply moved and continue to remember that Felipe had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life,” he continued the Queen.
The queen lives in Windsor, surrounded by “a sanitary cloud” of 22 people who take care of her between valets, chefs, designer, maids and doctors. But she is alone.
Queen Elizabeth II, on coronation day. Photo: archive
This Wednesday, her son Prince Andrés and Eugenie, her granddaughter, and her baby, whom she does not know because of the pandemic, were scheduled to visit her. The Yorks live in the same house because Princess Eugenie moved into her dad’s house when Prince Harry came to live at Frogmore Cottage.
This is the house that the sovereign gave him at his wedding and that he gave to his cousin Eugenie when he moved to California. She would also be visited by Sophie and Prince Edward, the Earls of Wessex, who are very close to the Queen because they share his love for horses.
The Queen with Harry
Prince Harry left for California on an American plane Tuesday, the day before his grandmother’s birthday. But after having seen her “Privately” at least twice after his grandfather’s funeral, according to The Sun newspaper. Harry’s black car was seen returning to his home in Montecito, along with his security team. Nobody knows at what level the conflict with his father and brother is.
Harry left the kingdom without seeing his father again, with whom he was reunited two hours after 13 months of not seeing him. Prince Charles took refuge in Wales and will not return. Nor did he see his brother, Prince William, or his nephews, the little princes, again. Reconciliation after their accusations of racism and that they are “trapped” in the monarchy will not be nearly as quick not so easy for the Royals.
The queen in a photo from February 2020. Photo: AFP
Prince Charles and William they’re hurt” by the words of Harry and Meghan, although the new British generation agrees with what the young Royals they said and the need for a modernization and a “humanization” of the role of the royals would be evident.
If a real rapprochement does eventually take place, it will be slow and conditioned. No one knows if Harry and Meghan, who were already sniffed in their last public appearance at Westminster Abbey by the Royal Family, will endure it again or continue with their lives in Montecito. Meghan is expecting her first baby in June. Harry is due to return to London in July to inaugurate a tribute to his mother, Princess Diana, on her 60th birthday.
Both Kensington Palace, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge live, and Clarence House, the official residence of Prince Charles, they refuse to give a single information about the summit or the plans.
A dysfunctional family in action
Prince Charles, heir to the throne, will certainly not arrive in Windsor. He decided to retire immediately after his father’s funeral and the summit with his children from Windsor to Wales, to his huge Welsh cottage to mourn and rethink the monarchy. Not even Camilla is with him and no one knows the date of his return.
Princess Anne lives in Gloucestershire with her two children, Peter and Zara Philips. It won’t come either. Covid imposes conditions but lets meet with his mother at fresh air.
William and his brother Harry at the funeral of their grandfather, Philip of Edinburgh. Photo: AFP
But the Royals don’t function like a normal family. Letters are written rather than talking on the phone or visiting, as in the nineteenth century. This is what Harry must have done to communicate with his father because did not attend your phone.
Reconciliation can be painful for the Royals, following the Sussex interview and their allegations. But for public opinion, the image they project it’s harmful. It was seen on television. It shows once again a rancorous, distant, icy family, with serious emotional and communication problems. Like the Court of King Henry VIII or Elizabeth I but in the 21st century. Except her brother and Kate no one spoke to him Harry at the funeral.
In the week that a police officer was convicted of the murder of George Floyd and racism is condemned all over the world, his attitude does not benefit the House of Windsor.
The accusations of Meghan and Harry were serious enough about racism, the question of their son’s skin color, the abandonment of his mental health so that, in front of their subjects, the senior Royals persist in an attitude that has already denounced the Princess Diana and Fergie, the Duchess of York, suffered after their divorce. History repeats itself.
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