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Sophie Wessex has similar brooch to Camilla’s £40k jewel – paying tribute to Philip

Sophie Wessex has similar brooch to Camilla’s £40k jewel - paying tribute to Philip

FEMALE members of the Royal Family have a vast collection of brooches each, which they often share. Some women have the same – or similar – brooches. For example, both Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, have a brooch that pays tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh.

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‘Look, stop it!’ Prince Philip would have been firm with Queen after illness, says expert

Royal doctors sent the monarch to be seen by specialists in London on Wednesday afternoon after she was forced to cancel a royal tour. Buckingham Palace said she was in “good spirits” following preliminary investigations during her visit to hospital.

The Palace said: “Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today (Thursday) and remains in good spirits.”

It is believed the medical team acted out of caution to have her admitted on Wednesday.

Royal biographer, Angela Levin, has said her late husband Prince Philip would have taken the reins and exercised a “bit of control”.

Ms Levin said the Duke of Edinburgh would likely have said “Look, stop it, don’t go to so many engagements and relax a bit.”

While speaking to talkRADIO today, Ms Levin suggested it would be best for the Queen to take a step back to allow her body to recover.

She said: “I think it’s a fight between her head and her body because she wants to do it, she feels she can, she’s very articulate, she’s absolutely spot on with everything she says, but her body is 95 years old.

“I think she thinks she does it best [compared to other royals] and she’s the most experienced, but I think the main thing is the religious one, that when she was 21 and she said that she would do her best to be the Queen and with God’s help she would do it until she died.”

Ms Levin suggested breaking this promise would make the Queen feel “very bad” as she is devout.

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She continued: “However, the Pope has stepped back, he retired for the first time [Benedict XVI in 2013] – and popes are not supposed to leave their job until they die too, and I think you have to take into consideration that people live much longer than they did in 1947 [when she married Prince Philip].”

The Queen’s recent hospital visit marked her first overnight stay in eight years.

Over her 69-year reign the Queen has managed to avoid any severe health issues, in fact everyone is in awe of her ability to keep up with royal duties as well as she does.

The last time she was hospitalised was in 2013, due to suffering symptoms of gastroenteritis – a condition that causes diarrhoea and vomiting.

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Since then she has visited her private hospital – King Edward VII for a routine health check-up.

Although this seems relatively normal for someone of the monarch’s age, at the time speculation surrounding her health grew.

Again in 2016 the Queen’s health was thrown into question when she was forced to delay Christmas travel plans due to her and her husband Prince Philip suffering from “heavy colds”.

Due to what was probably natural winter cold and flu, the royal couple had to spend the festive period at Sandringham rather than their usual residence of King’ Lynn.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle in April at the age of 99 after spending a month in hospital.

Buckingham Palace issued a statement following the news and said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will be made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

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Prince William pays touching tribute to Prince Philip during BBC climate change interview

During an interview with the BBC’s chief political correspondent Adam Fleming, the Duke of Cambridge spoke openly about what the world needs to do to combat climate change. The national broadcaster aired Prince William’s 30-minute interview on BBC One on Thursday at 11.35pm.

However, during the Duke’s discussion with Mr Fleming, the most eagle-eyed royal fans may have spotted a touching tribute to the Duke’s late grandfather Prince Philip.

Slightly over Prince William’s right shoulder, viewers can see a photo of the Duke of Edinburgh and William’s eldest son, Prince George.

Prince Philip, who after 73-years of marriage to Queen Elizabeth became Britain’s longest-serving consort, passed away at the age of 99 in April 2021.

The photo, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, shows Prince George holding a book while sitting in the Iron Duke’s horse-drawn carriage.

Known throughout his life for his love of racing, members of the Firm have spoken candidly about accompanying Prince Philip in his horse-drawn carriage.

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Prince William recently wrote: “I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!”

The snap, taken in 2015 in Norfolk, was previously shared by Prince William when he was paying respects to his late grandfather following his death.

Alongside the photo, the Duke of Cambridge wrote: “My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to this country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family.”

William added: “My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation.

“Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead.

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“I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.”

While the Prince’s tribute to his late grandfather may have been spotted by more attentive viewers, Mr Fleming questioned the Duke about another ornament in Kensington Palace.

Sitting under the table where the photo of Philip and George was placed, the BBC’s chief political correspondent pointed out the Cambridges’ have a “weird dog sculpture”.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast yesterday, Mr Fleming said: “We were in Kensington Palace, some royal armchairs and little nik-naks around the room.

“This is including a little weird dog ornament and for part of the podcast we watched a little bit of the TV show that he made with David Attenborough.”

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But Mr Fleming also used the interview at Kensington Palace to ask Prince William about environmentalism and his Earthshot Prize.

The Duke of Cambridge issued multiple warnings about the future of the planet.

“I want the things that I’ve enjoyed – the outdoor life, nature, the environment – I want that to be there for my children, and not just my children but everyone else’s children,” he said.

William added: “If we’re not careful we’re robbing from our children’s future through what we do now. And I think that’s not fair.”

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Prince Philip ‘fell in love’ with dessert in Iceland – used often at royal dinner parties

The Queen’s husband passed away at Windsor Castle in April aged 99, two months before his 100th birthday. Britain’s longest serving royal consort was well known as an adventurer and keen sportsman. He was stationed around the world with the Royal Navy and later launched his eponymous Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. However, Philip was also known to enjoy less strenuous pastimes such as gardening and cooking.

His grandson, Prince Harry, paid tribute to Philip in April, saying he was the “master of the barbecue”.

Someone else who fondly remembered the late Duke’s culinary passions was chef Darren McGrady.

The 59-year-old was personal chef to the Queen, Princess Diana, the Prince of Wales, and princes’ William and Harry for 15 years.

Now based in Dallas, Texas, he has also cooked for US Presidents, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Speaking in an unearthed video recorded the week after Philip died, Mr McGrady revealed that the late royal had a sweet tooth.

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In the video, which has now been viewed more than 500,000 times, the chef described Philip’s favourite pudding.

The simple dish, known as crepes Islandaise, is composed of very thin pancakes filled with jam and cream.

Philip first encountered the variety of crepes at a banquet in Iceland and enjoyed the pudding so much he asked for the recipe.

McGrady said: “He attended a banquet in Iceland and he loved this dish so much he asked for the recipe and then when he got it he sent it down to the kitchens.

“He was so excited that he’d got this recipe for the royal chefs to prepare.

McGrady said: “He had these plums that grew at Balmoral that just were amazing.

“Often you’d see him in the garden just stood there picking these gorgeous Victoria plums.”

He added: “The Victoria plums in the Balmoral gardens make the best plums – I know it was one of the Duke’s favourites.”

The chef also revealed that the first time he met Philip he mistook the royal for a gardener, having just recently joined the kitchen team at Balmoral.

He said: “This old man came in in tatty clothing, a real tatty sweater with all the elbows falling apart, and I thought he was the gardener.”

Mr McGrady said the man had requested to see the head chef.

He added: “So, I went off into the larder, found the chef. I said ‘Chef, the gardener is looking for you’. He said, ‘the gardener, at this time of night?’

“Well, we walked back into the kitchen together and the head chef said ‘Good evening your Royal Highness’ and I suddenly realised it was Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

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Queen addresses ‘trying period’ as she opens Holyrood without Philip in historic first

The Queen headed to Holyrood this morning to take part in the opening of the Scottish Parliament. This ceremony was particularly important as it focused on celebrating local heroes who have walked the extra mile to help their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

But it was also poignant for the Queen, as today marks her first opening of Holyrood without Prince Philip at her side.

Speaking ahead of Her Majesty’s speech, Sky News’ Rhiannon Mills noted: “The Queen has attended every opening ceremony since 1999.

“This is the sixth session she will play a part in today.

“And I think for the 95-year-old monarch it will be wonderful to see that after 18 months where Covid has disrupted so much of the official work that she carries out today again we will see some of the pomp and ceremony you would expect for a similar event. 

“She will be accompanied today by Prince Charles and Camilla, known here in Scotland as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay.

“On previous occasions, of course, she was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, so I suspect there will be a poignancy to the fact that her husband, who passed away in April, is not at her side today.” 

Indeed, the monarch mentioned her beloved husband Prince Philip, who died on April 9 at Windsor Castle, during her speech. 

The Queen addressed MSPs, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone with a speech focused on the response to the pandemic, unity within Holyrood’s debate chamber and her love for Scotland.  

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While speaking about her affection for the nation, she briefly recalled spending her summers at Balmoral with the late Duke. 

She said: “I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I always had of our time here.” 

For more than 70 years, the Queen and Prince Philip have spent several months during their summers together at Balmoral Castle. 

At Balmoral they would host guests and attend local events, including the Braemar Gathering.


And they spent a more relaxed time together, free of most of the royal protocol in use at Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace.

In Scotland, the Duke of Edinburgh was known to handle the barbeque and while the Queen would do the washing up.

In the speech, Her Majesty also acknowledged how the coronavirus pandemic has been “trying” for the country.

After expressing her delight at being in Edinburgh, she congratulated the Scottish Government “for being able to mark this new session of Parliament in a safe and welcoming manner during what has been a very trying period”.

In her speech, the monarch also called the Scottish Parliament for unity, urging MSPs to work together for Scotland. 

She said: “Members of the Scottish Parliament, as we all step out from adverse and uncertain times, occasions such as this today provide an opportunity for hope and optimism.

“Marking this new session does indeed bring a sense of beginning and renewal.

“The Scottish Parliament has been at the heart of Scotland’s response to the pandemic, with people across this country looking for leadership and stewardship. 

“And I hope you will remain at the forefront as we move towards a phase of recovery.

“While some of you will have differences of opinion, I trust you will continue to work together.” 

She then encouraged MSPs to “draw inspiration from the founding principles of wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity”. 

Her Majesty added: “These words are a reminder of your responsibility to the people of Scotland and in the years ahead I hope you can reaffirm their importance to everything you do as a member of this parliament.” 

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