So what will the monarchy look like for the Queen now?
Reports say that over the next few weeks, a rotating slew of family members will visit her as she works through lockdown at Windsor Castle. With restrictions in place, most of these visits will take place outside.
A new crew of furry friends will also keep her company. In March, she adopted two corgis puppies thought to be named Fergus and Muick. After Prince Philip’s funeral, she was spotted with them on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
And although this Wednesday is her 95th birthday, the Queen will forgo sharing a traditional birthday portrait with the public and instead spend the occasion privately.
Yet, soon enough, it will be back to business as usual—or, as usual as business can be in pandemic times. There’s appearances to be made and, with the vaccine rollout continuing apace, even events to be organized: According to the Times of London, the Queen is “ramping up” her plans for her Platinum Jubilee to mark her 70th year on the throne.
Usually, Prince Philip would serve as her trusted advisor for these sorts of things. Instead, her son, Prince Charles, and grandson, Prince William, will help in his place. “Her family will step up and be by her side, but she will carry on,” a former senior palace aide told People. “She understands that she has a job to do, and [Philip] would have wanted her to crack on.” It’s also thought other senior members of the royal family—like the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Edward, and the Countess of Wessex, will accompany the nonagenarian monarch more on her visits rather than her going solo.
Then there’s the question of re-assigning Prince Philip’s patronages and causes, many of which he remained involved in until his passing. The Telegraph reports that the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince William will hold a “royal summit” to discuss who will take on the roles—as well as those of Prince Harry and Prince Andrew, who stepped back from royal life. It’s assumed that Edward and Sophie will take on a larger, more visible role.
Even in a tragic moment, it seems the Windsors are doing what they always do: carrying on.