Earlier this month, Queen Elizabeth lost her beloved husband of 73 years Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 on Windsor Castle. Eight days later, the Queen had to sit alone at Philip’s funeral due to COVID-19, and a family member of hers is now opening up to reveal more about this.

Mike Tindall, a former rugby player who is married to the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall, said that while Philip’s funeral was “tough” for the family, the late royal would have approved of the “beautifully done” service. He went on to say that members of the royal family were not allowed to stay and support the Queen, as they instead had to “get in your cars and go home”

“Having to see the Queen make a stand in terms of having to show what the world is at the moment and sit on her own and be as brave as she was, I thought just summed up her up as a lady,” Tindall said, according to Daily Mail. “She was amazing.”

Though COVID-19 restrictions made the funeral harder, Tindall acknowledged that “loss is always going to be difficult.” He then hailed the Queen for being “amazing and brave” throughout all of this.

“Then the funeral finished and it was ‘Get in your cars and go home,’ but that is what is allowed, that is what the rules state, so that is what happened,” Tindall said. “It was tough but I thought the actual funeral was done so well that I think he will be looking down and he would have actually been happier about the way it happened”

Just four days after Philip’s funeral, the Queen celebrated her 95th birthday, and she marked the occasion by paying tribute to the late husband she loves.

“I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate,” the Queen said. “While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.”

“My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness shown to us in recent days,” she added. “We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”

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