Despite the loss of the husband she described as "her strength and her stay," Her Majesty the Queen is expected to carry on with the job she has been doing every day since February 6, 1952, when her father, King George VI, died and she became the monarch.
Although Her Majesty will reportedly have the support of family members at many future engagements – most frequently Prince Charles it is thought – there’s is no question of the 94-year-old stepping down from the job she has been doing since her mid-twenties.
A palace insider said: "She will never abdicate because of duty and honour and public service is so deep in her, as it was for [Prince Philip]."
The former palace aide told People magazine: "Her family will step up and be by her side, but she will carry on. She understands that she has a job to do, and [Philip] would have wanted her to crack on. She did do so when he retired from public life.”
That sense of keeping going, as Prince Philip would want them to, has been a consistent story from within the Royal Family in the past week.
Describing the late Duke as an "extraordinary man", Prince William said in a statement on Monday: "I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job."
"My grandfather's century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family," he added.
He went on to say that he and his wife, Catherine, would "continue to do what he would have wanted and will support the Queen in the years ahead".
Her Majesty’s first public appearance of 2021 was at the end of March when she took part in a ceremony marking the Centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Air Forces Memorial in Surrey.
While the Queen’s public appearances have been limited by the Covid-19 pandemic, she is reportedly keen to get back to work because feels the monarch "needs to be seen to be believed".
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