Queen Elizabeth delivers speech at State Opening of Parliament
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away in April and the Queen made a return to in-person engagements as she met with world leaders at the G7 summit and attended a mini Trooping the Colour for her official birthday. The Queen also hosted US President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison separately at Windsor Castle.
Now, the Queen’s god-daughter Victoria Pyror – whose mother, Margaret Rohdes, was the monarch’s first cousin and close friend – said the Queen is coping well.
Ms Pryor told the Telegraph: “How lucky are all of us that at 95 she is still the best granny everybody has?”
She added how the Queen’s family would be helping her right now and said: “Charles will step in, William, Anne.
“They all have such high respect for her that she won’t be on her own at all.”
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Queen’s god-daughter Victoria Pryor
Ms Pryor said her godmother is “made of stern stuff” and “doesn’t give in to ‘oh poor me’.”
The Queen’s goddaughter revealed how the Queen “looks after people” and even offered her mother a grace and favour when her husband was sick.
Ms Pryor said the Queen was a regular visitor to her mother’s house and would often pop in for an evening drink to “put the world to rights”.
Her comments come after Prince Edward said the Queen struggled with lockdown life over the past year.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
The Earl of Wessex acknowledged the past months have been difficult for members of the Firm, who experienced forced distance and separation due to the COVID-19 crisis, like other families across Britain and the world.
And he also spoke about how he thinks his parents coped with months of self-isolation.
Asked during an interview with the BBC how lockdown was for the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Edward said: “I think they found it really difficult and really quite strange.”
The Earl said technology helped him remain in touch with his parents and other relatives during the lockdowns.
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Royal Family tree
He said: “But thankfully we have phones we have computers so we were able to retain a reasonable amount of contact.
“We all made the effort and that was the important thing. Everybody did.”
Joking about gathering the whole family on a video call, the Earl added: “We never dared get the whole family together on Zoom that would have caused chaos I think!”
While making her return to public life, the Queen host the new US President and his wife, Jill Biden, in Windsor Castle.
US President Joe Biden and the Queen
However, the US President came under fire for detailing what was said during a private conversation with the monarch.
He told the press what the Queen asked him about when he visited her at Windsor on Sunday afternoon.
Mr Biden said they chatted about a range of topics, including the President’s relationship with Xi Jinping and Vladamir Putin, the leaders of China and Russia respectively.
The newly-elected President told reporters: “She wanted to know what the two leaders that I – the one I’m about to meet with, Mr Putin, and she wanted to know about Xi Jinping.”
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II
It is a royal protocol that conversations had with the Queen remain private, and are not disclosed to the press, a rule which is rarely broken.
The error comes after the US President appeared to break another royal protocol on Friday night, at an evening reception of the world leaders.
Mr Biden’s 18-car convoy arrived at the G7 dinner reception five minutes after the Queen and other senior royals had arrived at the Eden Project.
Traditionally, all guests are meant to be in place before Her Majesty arrives for any official occasion.