Queen Elizabeth struggled on first Christmas without Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth II recently spent her "first Christmas without Prince Philip by her side" for the first in more than 70 years.

The 95-year-old Monarch celebrated the festive season without her "beloved" husband Philip after he passed away in April at age 99.

Due to the rise in coronavirus cases in the UK, the Queen spent the holiday season away from her extended family.

An insider told US Weekly how the royal was coping.

They said: “Christmas was a bit of a struggle for the queen without Prince Philip by her side and not being able to spend it with her whole family [didn’t help].”

“She’s not one to wallow in self-pity and kept her chin up.”

Her grandson Prince William, 39, "liaised" with her son Prince Charles, who visited the Queen on Christmas Day. Princess Anne was isolating over the holiday and organised a group zoom call with the monarch.

The virtual celebration "brightened up her day" according to the source.

William, his wife Kate and their three children George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, spent Christmas at their country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, England.

“Obviously, the Cambridges were disappointed not to be spending the day with the queen, but thanks to modern technology, they video called her first thing in the morning to wish her a Merry Christmas and the kids excitedly told their great-grandmother about their gifts."

This year the Queen spent Christmas in Windsor as her plans to fly to Sandringham were cancelled following a spike in Covid cases.

Her annual Christmas party which was planned for December 21 was also cancelled this year.

In her broadcast which aired on Christmas day, the Queen said: “Although it’s a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, Christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones. This year, especially, I understand why.

“But for me, in the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work — from around the country, the Commonwealth and the world.

“His sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation – were all irrepressible.

“That mischievous, enquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when I first set eyes on him," she said of her late husband.

She continued: "But life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings; and as much as I and my family miss him, I know he would want us to enjoy Christmas.”

She concluded: “And for me and my family, even with one familiar laugh missing this year, there will be joy in Christmas, as we have the chance to reminisce, and see anew the wonder of the festive season through the eyes of our young children, of whom we were delighted to welcome four more this year.”

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