Today, without her iron duke, the Queen confronts the loneliest day of her life, according to CHRISTOPHER WILSON.

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Today, without her iron duke, the Queen confronts the loneliest day of her life, according to CHRISTOPHER WILSON.

It’s only been seven months since Her Majesty lost the love of her life, but after a heartfelt pilgrimage to their happiest home, she’s ready to face the world alone.

Today would have been a day for opening cards with friends and relatives, accepting phone calls, and even enjoying a celebratory lunch. Instead, on what would have been her 74th wedding anniversary, the Queen will be without her friend, counsellor, defender, and love of her life, Prince Philip, for the first time since he captured her heart when she was still a bashful adolescent.

The Prince passed away 225 days ago, on April 9, at the age of 99. And, as anyone who has lost a life partner can attest, the healing process has only just begun. The Queen was flown to Sandringham by helicopter a fortnight ago as she battled a mysterious illness to make a solo pilgrimage to Wood Farm, the modest redbrick home on the royal estate where she and Philip had been able to share their most intimate moments for years, free from the ever-present staff and courtiers in their grander homes. It’s where the Prince spent the last few months of his life, away from the demands and activities of court life, painting and reading and watching the birds in the vast Norfolk sky before returning to Windsor Castle to conclude his days.

The Queen was able to think in silence at Wood Farm on her and Philip’s incredible life adventure, which took them hundreds of thousands of miles around the world and back, sharing experiences no other couple on the planet could possibly imagine. And perhaps reflecting on the triumph of their long-lasting partnership – not without its challenges, but one that has endured and thrived in the face of adversity.

It’s a marriage that history books would struggle to match, but Her Majesty must reflect alone on that tremendous achievement today.

The royal wedding took place on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey, as the country battled to come to grips with the war’s legacy. “A flare of color on the hard road we have to tread,” Winston Churchill said.

The winter was harsh, and the country was in the grip of a gasoline shortage. “Brinkwire News Summary.”

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