The royal family has shared with the world the sad news that Prince Philip has died, aged 99. Buckingham Palace announced the news in a statement referring to the Duke of Edinburgh as the Queen's "beloved" husband.
Despite the struggles of the past year, it seems that the Queen and Prince Philip were able to spend a happy and romantic final year together, in part thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, enjoying daily walks and dinner together every evening.
Due to lockdown, Prince Philip and the Queen spent most of the past year together at Windsor Castle, which is also where the Duke of Edinburgh sadly died. This large amount of time spent with one another is thought to be unusual for the couple, who were married for 73 years, as they'd often been required to be apart due to work.
Prior to the pandemic, the couple had reportedly become accustomed to living miles apart, particularly after Prince Philip retired from public life in 2017 - and lockdown at Windsor Castle meant they were able to enjoy some valuable days together.
Sources close to the Queen and Prince Philip have reportedly said that they'd grown close again during lockdown, according to Vanity Fair, with friends saying that lockdown was a happy time for the couple.
The pair are thought to have enjoyed daily walks together in their private gardens, and they reportedly made a point of having dinner together every evening.
Back in November, Prince Philip purposely returned to Windsor Castle to spend the second lockdown with the Queen, ensuring they would be together on their 73rd wedding anniversary on 20 November, in a sweet romantic gesture.
The couple are also thought to have jokingly referred to their lockdown experience as 'HMS Bubble', and it seems that they certainly made the most of a difficult year.
Our thoughts are with the royal family during this very sad time.
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