The heartbreaking way the Queen is finally going to be able to mourn the death of Prince Philip

The Queen, Elizabeth II wipes her eyes with handkerchief
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The heartbreaking way the Queen will finally be able to mourn the loss of her beloved husband Prince Philip has been revealed.

The way in which the Queen (opens in new tab) will finally mourn the death of her beloved husband Prince Philip has been revealed by royal sources.

Her Majesty, 95, who attended the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh (opens in new tab), is expected to use her upcoming summer retreat at Balmoral to properly grieve for the loss of her husband.

Prince Philip, died aged 99 (opens in new tab), at his home in Windsor Castle on 9th April and was laid to rest (opens in new tab) in Windsor's St George's Chapel days later on 17th April. And while the official two-week period of official mourning has passed, the Queen is expected to properly grieve in private when she heads up to Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral estate.

Craigowan Lodge, Balmoral

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Writing for the Daily Mail, Richard Eden said, "I hear the monarch is to beat a retreat later this month to Craigowan Lodge — far from the tourists who flock to the main castle and gardens."

The trip, which is expected to take place later this month, will mark the first time a royal has visited Scotland since Prince William and Kate carried out their whistle-stop royal train tour (opens in new tab) of the UK back in December during the pandemic.

But it will also be a poignant time for the Queen, who often travels to their stone house lodge with Prince Philip, as following his death, she will have to make the journey without him as she embarks on her solo summer holiday away from Windsor Castle.

The Queen and the Duke, who was married for 73 years (opens in new tab), has previously spent their silver wedding anniversary visiting a farm on the estate, so the retreat has many fond memories.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visit a farm on the Balmoral estate in Scotland, during their Silver Wedding anniversary year, September 1972

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And with the Queen set to complete her reign (opens in new tab) in the same heartbreaking way as great-grandmother Queen Victoria, her upcoming trip to Balmoral echoes that of Queen Victoria.

The Queen, who suffered the loss of another loved one (opens in new tab), after Prince Philip, is due a well-earned rest and time to grieve in private.

Princess Eugenie previously shared how Her Majesty is “most happy” at Balmoral, saying it is “the most beautiful place on Earth”. Speaking on ITV's Our Queen At Ninety, she said: "I think she really, really loves the Highlands. Walks, picnics, dogs – a lot of dogs, there's always dogs (opens in new tab) – and people coming in and out all the time."

Prince Philip's cause of death (opens in new tab) was recorded as he died from old age on his official death certificate.

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.