The Queen could step back claims

Royal historian and professor claims the Queen will likely step back more

Her Majesty would have found the service an ordeal which represented a turning point for the monarchy, Professor Sarah Richardson has claimed.

The Monarch, 94, sat alone today as she laid the Duke of Edinburgh, who stood by her side for seven decades of unwavering service, to rest.

University of Warwick’s Prof Richardson said: “To some extent, this is the end of a period. The Queen will carry on and she will carry on doing her duty, she’s already gone back to work to some extent.

“I think she will step back more and more, she’s in her mid-90s. Seeing her there solely on her own, when she’s been accompanied by Philip for 70-odd years, I think it represents a turning point.”

The Queen went back to work four days after Prince Philip died aged 99 last Friday.

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