The Queen is finding distraction in her royal duties as she endures one of the hardest periods of her reign, a royal expert has claimed.
Katie Nicholl, who is the royal editor at Vanity Fair , says that the 95-year-old monarch has found ‘comfort’ in her work, despite going through the ‘hardest time in her reign behind the scenes’.
Concerns surrounding the Queen’s health have increased recently following a string of cancelled engagements. She’s also currently facing the prospect of her first Christmas without her husband, Prince Philip, who passed away in April at the age of 99.
Speaking to OK! , Nicholl said the Queen’s work ‘keeps her young’, and that she is ‘enjoying’ carrying out her various duties.
“Behind the scenes, in private, it’s probably been the hardest time of [the Queen’s] reign,” said Nicholl. “In [Philip’s] absence, her family is incredibly important. They are everything.”
Despite the speculation about the monarch’s health – which was further heightened when she missed the Remembrance Sunday ceremony earlier this month due to a back injury – sources close to the Queen say that she is on the mend and looking forward to a traditional Christmas at Sandringham, the royal retreat in Norfolk.
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According to reports, she’ll be hosting various family members for the festive period, including Charles and Camilla, and William, Kate and their three children.
Other royals tipped to be on the guest-list include Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, who are all expected to attend with their partners and children.
The royal family's most recent gathering was just last week, when the Queen attended a joint christening held for two of her great-grandchildren: Lucas, the son of Zara and Mike Tindall, and August, the son of Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank.
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