The Queen celebrated her first birthday without her husband Prince Philip in April, as she turned 95 just days after the Prince Consort died. The couple were married for an astounding 73 years, and the monarch had previously described her husband as her “strength and stay”. Royal watchers grieved with the Queen, and were even more heartbroken when the monarch had to sit alone at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral due to Covid restrictions.
She returned to royal duties two and a half weeks after his sudden death, and was widely praised for her stoicism.
Earlier this month, she was also seen accepting a pink rose from Keith Weed, President of the Royal Horticultural Society, which was named after her husband on the day he would have turned 100.
The Queen, patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, heard about how the sale of the flower would raise money for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Living Legacy Fund.
The photographs taken to mark the occasion captured the Queen in a bright blue floral dress and grey cardigan with dark sunglasses on — but, when published, the images sparked concern among royal commentators.
In an episode of Pod Save The Queen, featuring Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers, host Ann Gripper said: “I think she looked much more frail in these pictures actually.
“Partly because it’s summer clothing and it’s all about lighter and a bit thinner and smaller, but she looked more fragile I felt.”
But, after causing a stir among royal watchers, Ms…