New book reveals truth behind Queen’s final months…

A fascinating royal biography sheds new light on Queen Elizabeth’s remarkable stoicism in the last months of her life, how she didn’t hesitate to ‘fire’ her own son – and found comfort after her husband’s death by watching Line of Duty.Written by author and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait – which is serialised in The Mail +,  as well as in tomorrow’s Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday – is littered with fascinating vignettes about our longest-serving but still so enigmatic sovereign.Mr Brandreth, who occupies a unique position as a friend and biographer of the Royal Family, reveals how the Queen told a lady-in-waiting that she was determined to keep busy as it helped her cope with the loss in April last year of Philip, her husband of 73 years.In the words of the then Duchess of Cornwall – now Queen Consort – who also spoke to the author, her mother-in-law was simply ‘unstoppable’. The Queen receiving Liz Truss in the Drawing Room at Balmoral Castle on September 6. This is the last photo of Her Majesty  The Queen with the Duke of Edinburgh in Windsor in 2013Yet former MP Mr Brandreth writes that by autumn last year, the Queen had pushed herself so hard that she suffered a sudden ‘energy low’ and was urged to take it more easy by doctors.‘I’ve got to be sensible,’ she said reluctantly, a rare acknowledgment of frailty from a woman for whom duty was paramount, despite the personal cost.Among the wealth of fascinating new detail, Mr Brandreth also reveals:When Prince Philip retired in 2017, he and the Queen would go for weeks without seeing each other, although they spoke regularly on the phone While odd to some, she understood his wish ‘not to be fussed over’ and to ‘see out his days in his own way’;However the couple discovered a new comfort in each other’s company during lockdown and when it was lifted decided to spend more time together, travelling to Scotland and Sandringham, as well as at Windsor;The Queen had been determined to be with her husband when he died, barely leaving his side in the last few weeks of his life, but Philip slipped away so quickly on A …

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