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 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, is expected to use her upcoming summer retreat at Balmoral to properly grieve for the loss of her husband.

Prince Philip, died aged 99, at his home in Windsor Castle on 9th April and was laid to rest 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 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, 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 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, 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 – and people coming in and out all the time."

Prince Philip's cause of death was recorded as he died from old age on his official death certificate.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)