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  • The Guardian

    The Queen alone: how Prince Philip’s death will change the monarchy

    The Queen alone: how Prince Philip’s death will change the monarchy. With the poignant sight of the widowed Queen, the world glimpsed an era that is not just ending, but inevitably on its way

  • Evening Standard

    How the Queen paid tribute to Prince Philip during his funeral

    The Queen is said to have carried a picture of herself and Philip in her handbag, along with one of his handkerchiefs

  • The Telegraph

    Helen McCrory, versatile actress who dominated the stage and shone on screen in Peaky Blinders and The Queen – obituary

    Helen McCrory, who has died of cancer aged 52, made her name as a subtle and intelligent stage performer, and later bucked the trend that consigns actresses to oblivion in middle age, becoming one of Britain’s most sought-after television stars in her 40s. In the first decade of the new millennium she was hailed as one of the most promising presences in British theatre. Writing in the Telegraph in 2002, Jasper Rees placed her in the tradition of Judi Dench, Zoë Wanamaker and Imelda Staunton as “the small, punchy actress with a voice that can coat a back wall in honey from 100 paces.” That year, in Sam Mendes’s valedictory double-bill at the Donmar Warehouse, she played Yelena in Uncle Vanya and, in one critic’s view, a “consummately sexy” Olivia in Twelfth Night. She was nominated for an Olivier award as Rosalind in As You Like It (Wyndham’s, 2005), and gave a brilliantly understated interpretation of the usually hectoring Rebecca West in Ibsen’s Rosmersholm (Almeida, 2008).

  • Sky News

    Prince Philip's funeral felt like an intimate family occasion - as the Royal Family rally around the Queen

    Emotional, often poignant, and stirring at times, thanks to the music he had chosen himself, the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral was a true reflection of a life well-lived, a life of service and a fitting goodbye to an unforgettable, much-loved character. As "I Vow To Thee My Country" was played by the military musicians, marking the arrival of the Land Rover hearse that Prince Philip helped design, the soldiers, sailors and airmen bowed their heads. The Prince of Wales was visibly moved as he led the family behind his father, alongside the Princess Royal.

  • The Independent

    The Queen’s solitude at Prince Philip’s funeral was a gesture of solidarity

    She did not bend the rules just because she is the sovereign, and Covid restrictions took nothing away from today’s ceremony

  • The Independent

    Why the Queen, Kate Middleton and Camilla wore colourless jewels to the funeral

    Diamonds and pearls are traditional mourning jewels

  • The Independent

    The Queen’s lady-in-waiting who is supporting her during Prince Philip’s funeral

    Lady Susan Hussey has served the monarch for decades

  • The Telegraph

    Why the Queen chose loyal lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey for her loneliest journey

    It was her loneliest journey – but she was not alone. In her darkest day on public duty, the Queen had her loyal lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey by her side. The monarch and Lady Susan, carried in the State Bentley for the short journey from the Sovereign's Entrance of Windsor Castle to the Galilee Porch of St George's Chapel, travelled in companionable silence. In quiet contemplation, the two women faced the cameras and the watching world with dignified calm. The Queen had personally asked Lady Susan to join her for the journey as she prepared to say farewell to her husband of 73 years. One of a close inner circle of ladies-in-waiting, Lady Susan has been by the Queen's side since the birth of Prince Andrew, when she joined the royal household to help answer a flood of letters. Known affectionately as "Number One Head Girl" in an office once likened to the cheery atmosphere of a girls' school common room, she has been described as one of the key trusted figures helping the Queen in her later life.

  • The Telegraph

    Who in 'HMS bubble' will be there to comfort the Queen?

    In keeping with social distancing regulations, Her Majesty sat metres apart from the rest of the Royal family. As a consequence of Covid rules, the only people allowed to sit closer to her are her “bubble” of 22 Royal Household staff. These are the people who will be now on hand to provide the Queen with consoling company. Last year, they were dubbed “HMS Bubble” by Tony Johnstone-Burt, Master of the Household and a former Royal Navy officer. The Queen and Prince Philip much enjoyed the HMS Bubble joke – not least because Prince Philip’s wartime nickname was “Big Bubble”. In an email Mr Johnstone-Burt sent to all staff last year, he wrote: “There are 22 Royal Household staff inside the Bubble, and it struck me that our predicament is not dissimilar to my former life in the Royal Navy on a long overseas deployment. “Indeed, the challenges that we are facing, whether self-isolating alone at home or with our close household and families, have parallels with being at sea, away from home for many months, and having to deal with a sense of dislocation, anxiety and uncertainty. Regardless of the roles we perform, we do them to an exceptional standard to allow the Queen and other members to do their duty to the best of their ability, too.”

  • The Telegraph

    The Queen wears Queen Mary's diamond and pearl brooch to Prince Philip's funeral

    The Queen arrived at the funeral of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, wearing a pair of pearl and diamond earrings, her pearl necklaces, and Queen Mary's pearl and diamond Richmond brooch. The brooch was made by Hunt and Roskell and was given to Mary, the Queen's grandmother, as a wedding present in 1893 by the town of Richmond. The brooch was originally set with two pearls: a round pearl in the centre, with an additional pear-shaped pearl drop. The Queen wore the brooch without the drop for the service. The Queen inherited the brooch when her grandmother died in 1953. She wore it to the opening of parliament in New South Wales in 1954, and more recently wore it to the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in 2014 and 2018. It's the same brooch she chose for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018.