Anyone know what the note on top of Prince Philip's casket said? It's supposedly from the Queen and reportedly reads "I love you," but if you actually look at a picture of it, it definitely doesn't look like that's what it says.
She said something very moving: "Grief is the price we pay for love"
The saddest thing I heard was that he was the last person alive that called her by her given name (Elizabeth) since her mother, sister etc have all passed. Everyone else uses a title.
Can’t imagine what it feels like to lose someone you’ve been with for that long.
I met a lady the other day who lost her husband of 50 years. She was frazzled and a bit scattered and I tried very hard not to cry because she spoke so lovingly of him and how some nights she sleeps in his favorite chair to be close to his scent again. It was heartbreaking and pre-pandemic me would have hugged her and stayed a while longer because she said she was just so lonely, which broke my heart even more. I say all this to say, I feel for the Queen and I hope her family gets rapid COVID testing so they can surround her with the love and support she undoubtedly needs.
She was 21 when they married. The vast majority of her life was with him. This must be so hard. Even for a battle tested toughie like her.
I can't imagine what she is going through. 73 years with someone at your side and then gone.
Say what you will about the Monarchy as an institution, but that there is a 94-year old woman whose husband of more than 70 years just died, and at his funeral she isn't allowed to have a hug from any of her family.
She may be the head of an empire but also she is a 94year old lady who just lost her husband.
It is touching that even though his death had nothing to do with covid, in this time when 10s of thousands of families have had to go through funerals like this, the queen is there doing exactly the same as everyone else that lost a loved one.
This picture is heartbreaking. I am not a Brit and am not particularly interested in any royals, but on a human level, this is devastating to see.Whenever I hear or see anything about the Queen, I think of the wonderful video where she sees cows and excitedly points that out to her husband. It is adorable and shows a beautifully different side of her.She’s turning 95 in 4 days. Somehow I can’t help but feel she may join her husband soon.
> Just when he and his wife had embarked on their young family-forming years, Philip, at 30, found himself consort to the Queen, head of an empire rapidly becoming the Commonwealth but still monarch of 16 countries. > His diminished status as the sovereign’s consort, pledging his allegiance to his wife at her coronation as her “liege man of life and limb and earthly worship”, without a career of his own, was irksome at first. He rationalised and sublimated the boredom as his duty – something well recognisable to men of his generation – primarily to his wife and then to the institution and the country. He always turned up at the right place and time, well-prepared and on top of his brief. > At meetings of the organisations with which he was associated, he could be relied on to ask well-informed questions and not allow platitudes or sloppy thinking to prevail. The Queen remained devoted to him, calling him **“my strength and my stay”.** Can't imagine how she is feeling. All the strength to her. This is from "Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, obituary" in the Guardian.
Looking at here I wonder what she must be thinking about. Everything in her life she must have seen, what is she reliving, what is she remembering, what decade are her fondest.Thats an age that has been so much.
I’ve read this whole thread. It was nice to see the people who had empathy for this 94 year old lady who is grieving the loss of her husband. But I feel a real sense of disappointment at so many Redditors who were both cruel and totally unempathetic to her. If you have problems with Prince Philip’s history or with the Royal family, why not start another thread. It’s hard for me to understand the need to comment under this poignant photo of a lonely, elderly widow.
Forget about “the Queen”. Right now this is just Elizabeth Windsor, a woman who’s just lost her husband after many decades together. I’m not the biggest fan of the Queen, but Elizabeth Windsor gets my sympathies. I saw how much the death of my grandfather affected my grandmother. Right now she’s just a woman in a lot of hurt
I can't image how lonely she must be. Most of her kids are wackos, close friends are unlikely, and now her life partner has been taken from her. yet she "Rules" a nation and must be seen strong.
I haven't been with my partner nearly as long as she had been with hers, and it makes me feel ill to think of losing them. I feel sad for her!
I feel so sorry for her. I can’t imagine the pain she must be feeling after losing her husband of 74 years .
Such a heartbreaking picture 😢
Long live the Queen.
I spent way too long trying to find the Queen in this picture before realising that I was covering her with my thumb.
I hope everyone who thinks they’re so edgy and anti-establishment mocking this guy’s death can keep that same energy seeing this old woman grieve the loss of her beloved husband of 70 years.
All I see is a grieving old lady who not only lost her husband but has to endure jokes and ridicule regarding the fact.We tend to forget to be humans sometimes.
I was watching the news and someone said this was going to be the picture of the funeral used all over the world.
The Queen has been flawless in her conduct and duty since the age if 18. Think what you will of Philip, this woman is extraordinary. We will never see the likes of her again in our lifetime. Incredible strength.
I know they're supposed to be separated by household but I'm surprised she didn't have at least one person with her. Perhaps she wanted to sit alone, or perhaps that's how her and Philip planned it to happen. I'm sure she's had all the support she needed privately, take away the fact she's the Queen and remember this is an elderly lady who just lost her husband of 70 years. That's going to be very rough.
She looked so small and old as she was walking into the chapel. It was very sad to see. And now comes the even harder part now that the funeral is over, going on with her life.
Man, screw anyone who was unable to find a bit of pity in their heart for this woman losing her best friend of more than 70 years. Look at her, alone.
This is heartbreaking.
This poor poor woman. I don’t imagine anyone will call her by her name again. I couldn’t help but start blubbing tbh
The effects of this pandemic (the virus itself and the changes to our lives) shows no discrimination. It’s heartbreaking, but also humanizing to know that even the Queen isn’t exempt...
This picture shows a lot. It captures the zeitgeist at the moment, what we are all going through. A monarch lamenting the lack of dignity afforded her honorable spouse. A wife grieving her husband. A woman and mother knowing that, inevitably, her time too will come. The candlelight gallery and gravity of the benches, along with the simplicity of her dress and dejected countenance make this a truly moving photo.Edit: It conveys frailty. The frailty of the woman but also that of the Queen. The fragility of an institution which is aging out of existence and popularity. That is under attack by scandal, controversy, and progress itself.
As a widow myself, my heart breaks for her. I only had my husband for 17 years and losing him is still like a daily punch to the gut seven years later.
The horse and cart with his hat and gloves really got to me. 😢
My grandfather (92) passed away Thursday night. He was a British soldier in WW2, he immigrated to America in 1953, held a successful career, has been comfortably retired since he was 65, beat cancer twice, and passed away in his sleep before he was able to suffer too long with dementia. I can imagine what it will be like to not have him around, but I’m not sad. . I am, however, gutted thinking about what my grandma is going though. As most women from her generation, although she personally longed to be an independent women, her life has largely revolved around caring for him. Together since she was 20, leaving her family to follow his career to America (she was excited about the move). These past 5 years were especially tough and restricting on her as his dependency grew with his dementia and declining health (she refused to allow help or “didn’t want anyone to fuss over them” and than covid happened making it even harder to get professional help).All of that is to say, beyond them being Brits, I can’t help but find so much comfort in the parallels of her experience with that of her Queen. Somehow I know (or should I say need) the Queen will be okay, and that that will serve as an encouraging model my own grandma.Long live the Queen.
This picture reminds me of the picture of George H W. Bush sitting in front of Barbara’s casket. There are some captured moments, like this, which it almost seems disrespectful to look at.
I don’t like royals, don’t care whatsoever and get enraged in USA when it gets covered in the media. That said- I do feel horrible and sad for this old woman and 70+ years with Phillip. It is very sad and I feel so bad for her.
I respect the hell out of that woman, and I will be devastated when she dies. And now, I think it will not be long until she joins her husband.I've seen her face all my life; it's as familiar as my own mother's.