PRINCE Philip told the Queen to “shut up, you silly woman” as the royal couple bickered “sweetly” during lockdown, it’s reported.
The Duke Of Edinburgh is said to have spent the last few weeks of his life “reminiscing like mad” with his wife of 72 years.
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The Queen can be seen relaxing with her husband Prince Philip in a photograph released the day before the duke’s funeralCredit: PA
The only time they reportedly had a disagreement was when The Queen suggested they look at some of her husband’s oil paintings, which Philip didn’t want to do.
During Covid lockdown, the royal couple were cocooned in ‘HMS Bubble’ at Windsor Castle.
But living together with the monarch’s reduced household during the pandemic brought Prince Philip and the Queen as close as they had been for years, it’s reported.
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One palace aide told The Daily Mail: “They bickered with one another.
“It was sweet but so unexpected. On one occasion I heard the duke say ‘Oh do shut up you silly woman’ and the Queen replied ‘I am not a silly woman, I am the Queen!’
“I couldn’t believe my ears but I was told this was how they always were with one another.”
The royal couple’s close proximity to one another during the Covid lockdown came after a period where they had got used to not being together, it’s claimed.
Shortly after Philip’s retirement from public life in 2017, when he chose to live at Wood Farm at Sandringham, the Queen is said to have remarked: “Do you know, I haven’t seen him for six weeks.”
Last night, The Queen shared a candid photograph of herself and Prince Philip on the Scottish Highlands before she bids a final farewell to her husband of 73 years.
Taken by Prince Edward’s wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex in 2003, the image shows the royal couple smiling while relaxing in the sunshine.
The Queen and Prince Philip bickered ‘sweetly’ during lockdown, it’s reportedCredit: AP
Princess Elizabeth stands beside her fiance Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten in 1947Credit: Hulton Royals Collection – Getty
The Queen and Prince Philip on their wedding day in November 1947Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Following Philip’s death at the age of 99, an inventory of his property, uniforms and clothes is due to be undertaken, it’s reported.
A source told The Daily Mail: “‘I think she [the Queen] will want to keep a lot of familiar things in place which seems only natural.”
And another source said: “He always said she must carry on and I am sure that is exactly what she will do”.
Princess Anne said to be receiving a painting of herself with her dad during during Cowes regatta.
During a period of mourning for Philip the Queen will wear black clothes and use black-edged writing paper for any royal correspondence.
Philip’s “unwavering loyalty” to his wife and “courage, fortitude and faith” will be hailed at his funeral this afternoon.
The Duke of Edinburgh stood by the monarch’s side for more than 70 years, dedicating his life to the nation and service.
The 99-year-old will now be laid to rest at St George’s Chapel in Windsor this afternoon, with the Royal Family gathering to bid farewell to the Queen’s “rock”.
Prince Harry has returned from the US to be with his family, with just 30 mourners allowed to attend the service due to Covid.
However, the funeral will still follow Prince Philip’s wishes – and hail his “courage, fortitude and faith”.
The Queen will also pause at his coffin to bid her husband of more than seven decades farewell as he is laid to rest.
No members of the Royal Family will read lessons or give readings at the funeral and there will be no eulogy.