Letizia of Spain has already had the opportunity, and on several occasions, to meet Queen Elizabeth II. And so her husband Prince Philip who was at her side during his main commitments until his retirement. The former Spanish journalist who became Queen of Spain in June 2014, when her husband Felipe VI became king after the abdication of Juan Carlos, notably met the royal couple at Buckingham Palace in July 2017 on the occasion of an official visit. And, according to Spanish media Vanitatis, she had a special relationship with William and Harry’s grandfather.
Sources close to the Queen have said that over the years she has grown very close to the Duke of Edinburgh. The one who took center stage thanks to her husband (just as Prince Philip was when Elizabeth II was proclaimed queen following the death of her father) would have often turned to him for this the latter shared his personal experience with him. And he would have given her good advice to carry out this new role. He would have encouraged her to “keep her way of thinking”. There is no doubt that the disappearance of the king consort affected the mother of Leonor and Sofia.
Death of Prince Philip: the many tributes
When the Duke’s death was announced on April 9, tributes followed one another. It turns out that the husband of Elizabeth II was very much appreciated. Kate Middleton and William paid a sober tribute to Prince Philip with a black and white photo of the deceased. Meghan Markle and Harry also had a thought for the former king by thanking him for his “work”, not hesitating to add that they would miss “a lot”. Boris Johnson also paid tribute to Prince Philip, as did Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, former English Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US President George W. Bush. An avalanche of reactions.
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