With the departures of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from senior royal life, grandson Peter Phillips's divorce filing from Autumn Phillips, the investigation around Prince Andrew and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and the upheaval of life during the coronavirus pandemic, the queen has continued to weather various storms. “She has risen to the occasion of not being riled by what's occurred,” Jennings says. “Aside from a few [public] statements here and there, she's carried on.
That's why it was shocking when the queen and Prince Philip stepped out of their car, unannounced, to greet throngs of mourners who came to honor Princess Diana in the week after her death. “I didn’t know that part of the story," Jennings says. "That moment, for me, may sum up who she is.
Jennings credits Netflix's acclaimed series, The Crown, for the renewed interest in Queen Elizabeth II's life, especially over the last few years. “The first season really stoked the fires of additional fascination," he says. "The queen has weathered so much and still manages to hold her head high.
Jennings notes that other than when the queen stayed with Prince William and Prince Harry at Balmoral for a week following their mother's sudden death, she always put the monarchy first. “Keep in mind that running the monarchy is a full-time job times 20, so things like family time fall through the cracks.
Entrusting their children to boarding schools, private tutors, and such is terrific for one's education, but it isn’t the same as the nurturing and guidance that you would get from a parent," Jennings says. "The queen could be so steadfast in her own marriage, and yet her children's marriages were falling apart left and right.
No wonder the queen said that “1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure…in the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an annus horribilis. “1992 was one thing after the other, ” Jennings says. “I think the lessons of ‘92 were that she can survive.
In fact, Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward were lucky if they saw their mother for a half hour each day. “It wasn't that anybody was being deliberately unkind or cold…it was just the way you did things,” royal biographer Tim Heald says in Being the Queen.
The queen was barely a teenager when she met Philip Mountbatten for the first time. “One of the extraordinary things about the queen is that she fell in love and married just about the first man she met,” royal historian Robert Lacey says in Being the Queen.
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