Queen ‘missing companionship’ of Prince Philip this new year, source claims

Queen Elizabeth II has had a bittersweet start to 2022 as she has celebrated her first New Year without her husband, Prince Philip.

The monarch, 95, spent her second holiday season at Windsor Castle after opting for the location at the height of Covid restrictions in 2020.

But this year, she was without her beloved Duke of Edinburgh for the first time after he passed away in April 2021, aged 99 – and his absence after over 70 years at her side is something she has been feeling deeply.

A source close to the monarch told People magazine: "She'll be missing his companionship deeply but she is a stoic person."

The news comes after reports that the Queen spent the holiday season away from her extended family due to the rapidly rising cases of Coronavirus cases sweeping the nation.

An insider told US Weekly: "Christmas was a bit of a struggle for the queen without Prince Philip by her side and not being able to spend it with her whole family [didn’t help].

"She’s not one to wallow in self-pity and kept her chin up."

Her grandson Prince William, 39, "liaised" with her son Prince Charles, who visited the Queen on Christmas Day. Princess Anne was isolating over the holiday and organised a group zoom call with the monarch.

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The virtual celebration "brightened up her day" according to the source.

William, his wife Kate and their three children George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, spent Christmas at their country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, England.

"Obviously, the Cambridges were disappointed not to be spending the day with the queen, but thanks to modern technology, they video called her first thing in the morning to wish her a Merry Christmas and the kids excitedly told their great-grandmother about their gifts."

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