The Queen has touched her first wedding anniversary without her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
The difficult milestone, seven months after the Duke’s death at the age of 99, would have celebrated the royal couple for 74 years of marriage.
It’s also been a month since the Queen was hospitalized overnight for preliminary exams and put to rest by her royal doctors.
The 95-year-old, who also sprained her back and canceled the memorial service, has done only light duties since she was hospitalized on Oct. 20, including a personal audience this week with outgoing military Colonel General Sir Nick Carter.
Princess Elizabeth married the dashing Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey.
Their enduring relationship lasted the longest of any British sovereign, and Philip stood by and supported the Queen over the decades as she devoted herself to her role as Head of State.
After his death in April, the Queen said she and her family were in “a time of great sadness” but were comforted by the tributes he had paid.
“We are deeply touched and reminded again and again that Philip has had such an extraordinary influence on countless people throughout his life,” she said.
The prince’s funeral took place during coronavirus restrictions, with numbers strictly limited and the final farewell being held entirely within the confines of Windsor Castle.
The queen sat alone – socially distant from her family – while she mourned.
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