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Queen’s touching ‘secret promise’ to Prince Philip before he died

The royal couple swore to each other they would enjoy the remainder of their lives – no matter who went first (Picture: Getty)

The Queen ‘made a touching promise’ to Prince Philip before he passed away aged 99, it’s claimed.

Her Majesty reportedly vowed to continue enjoying life after losing her husband of 73 years.

The Duke of Edinburgh swore to do the same if the monarch went first as the couple discussed how they would cope without each other, royal expert Richard Kay says.

Writing for the Daily Mail, he said: ‘Philip’s retirement had allowed her time to adjust to doing things alone. But provided he was at the end of the phone after a trying day, the world’s best-known double act could still function behind the scenes.

‘Covid changed everything but, crucially, it brought an unexpected dividend in that she and Philip were together for the last 13 months of his life.

‘The two had often discussed how each would cope without the other at their side, and it boiled down to this: whoever was left should mourn, but not for too long, then enjoy what remained of their life.’

The nation was left heartbroken at images of the Queen sitting alone in grief at Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle in April.

She returned to royal duties just four days after his death as the country observed two weeks of national mourning.

HAMPSHIRE, ENGLAND - UNDATED: In this image, made available November 18, 2007, HM The Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh re-visit Broadlands, to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on November 20. The royals spent their wedding night at Broadlands in Hampshire in November 1947, the former home of Prince Philip's uncle, Earl Mountbatten. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

The couple shared the longest marriage in British royal history (Picture: Getty Images)
Then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip wave to crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day (Picture: AP)

Since then, she has continued to put her public duties first and appears to be living life to the fullest.

She was ‘a hit’ among world leaders at the G7 summit and was spotting beaming after driving herself to the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

The sovereign even hit the famous Coronation Street cobbles today.

Mike Tindall, who is married to the Queen’s granddaughter Zara, said Her Majesty was ‘amazing’ as she faced her darkest hour.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said: ‘Having to see the Queen make a stand in terms of having to show what the world is at the moment and sit on her own and be as brave as she was, I thought, just summed up her up as a lady. She was amazing.

‘Then the funeral finished and it was ‘Get in your cars and go home’, but that is what is allowed, that is what the rules state, so that is what happened.

‘It was tough but I thought the actual funeral was done so well that I think he will be looking down and he would have actually been happier about the way it happened.’

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