After 70 years on the British throne, Queen Elizabeth II was an integral part of the royal family.
Despite a lifetime of robust health, the death of her “beloved” husband Prince Philip in 2021 seemed like a turning point for Elizabeth.
From then on, a series of health concerns seemed to plague the aging monarch.
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Prince Philip died of “old age” in April 2021 at the age of 99, leaving Elizabeth without her “rock” of more than 73 years.
Ahead of Philip’s death, Princess Eugenie told reporters: “You are the most incredible couple who are supportive of each other”.
“Grandpa got sick unfortunately and it was probably quite a challenge for Grandma to come and do it on her own and I think he really is her rock and she is his.”
Philip has been a constant support to his wife and was particularly by her side when the other two closest to the Queen, her mother Queen Elizabeth and sister Princess Margaret, died within weeks in 2002.
Commenting on Philip and Elizabeth’s relationship, Lord Charteris, the monarch’s former private secretary, said: “Prince Philip is the only man in the world who simply treats the Queen as a different person.
“He’s the only man who can do that. Strange as it may seem, I think she appreciates that,” he told royal writer Gyles Brandreth in April 2021.
Addressing Philip’s absence during her final Christmas address, Elizabeth shared: “In the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work.
“As much as my family and I miss him, I know he wants us to enjoy Christmas,” she said.
decline of health
Amid a combination of COVID restrictions and what Buckingham Palace described as “episodic mobility issues”, the Queen began canceling an increasing number of appearances following Philip’s death.
She debuted using a walking stick in public and official events in October 2021.
Cancellations continued that same month as the Queen scrapped her entire voyage to Northern Ireland.
The Queen then checked into a private London hospital for “preliminary examinations” and stayed there overnight.
This was the first time Her Majesty had stayed in a hospital since 2013.
Rare public appearances
In November, the Queen withdrew from notable events, including the Remembrance Sunday service in London, after “spraining her back”, Buckingham Palace officials announced.
On February 20, the Queen returned a positive COVID-19 test result despite being triple-vaccinated at the time.
In March, she and her family made a rare public appearance to commemorate their “rock” Philip at a memorial service.
The Queen walked slowly with the help of her cane, holding on to her son Prince Andrew for support.
Prince Charles – now known as King Charles – and other senior members of the royal family began attending events in their stead.
The Queen’s Last Week
On September 3, the Queen missed the Braemar Gathering, a popular Highland Games event.
It has always been a popular occasion on the Queen’s and Prince Philip’s calendars.
The Queen had always intended to work until her death and she did so by swearing in Britain’s newest Prime Minister, Liz Truss, at Balmoral Castle on her final public engagement.
A “bruise” was spotted on the Queen’s hand while she posed for photos in the drawing room on September 6, sparking fresh fears about her health.
Two days later, Buckingham Palace released the following statement: “Following further examinations this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remain under medical supervision.”
News of her death broke just hours later.
The Queen is buried in King George VI’s memorial chapel at Windsor Castle, close to her husband.
A life of good health
Prior to Philip’s death, Elizabeth remained in relatively good health and insisted on attending all of her events despite her advancing age.
She was involved in a horse riding accident in 1994, leaving her with a broken wrist and underwent knee surgery in 2004.
Although they had different personalities, Elizabeth and Philip shared common interests, including horses and a love of the outdoors.
They also both understood their sense of duty and had similar royal training.
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