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Royal Family members have taken it in turns to visit Queen Elizabeth II, 95, at Windsor Castle following the death of her husband Prince Philip on April 9. The Duke of Edinburgh was laid to rest last Saturday and on Friday the official royal mourning period came to an end.
The Queen has received vital support from key members of the Firm during this difficult time and some are likely to rally around her this weekend.
Wednesday was the Queen’s 95th birthday but the milestone went by without fanfare as it fell so soon after Philip’s death.
She spent the day in private and is said to have celebrated with a small family lunch in the castle’s grounds.
In the afternoon she was spotted driving alone to take her two new corgi puppies for a walk.
The dogs were gifted to her by Prince Andrew in February and are said to have been a huge source of comfort to the monarch following Philip’s death.
Which royal could join the Queen this weekend?
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew were the first royals to be spotted at Windsor following Philip’s death.
Andrew is said to be the Queen’s favourite son and lives just down the road from Windsor Castle at the Royal Lodge.
Sophie was the first royal to speak out on the Queen’s behalf on the day after the Duke died.
The Countess is said be one of the Queen’s closest confidants and told reporters she had “been amazing” as she and Edward left Windsor following a visit.
Sophie and Edward live at Bagshot Park in Surrey, a 20-minute drive from Windsor Castle which means they may also visit the Queen this weekend.
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Explaining Sophie’s close bond with the Queen, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said: “Sophie has become extremely close to the Queen who spends a great deal of time with her and she will be a great comfort during this sad period.
“Her quiet dedication to royal duties is approved of by the Queen, who also enjoys watching films and discussing military history with her.”
The Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie also lives nearby as she has been based at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor since before Christmas.
Eugenie could meet the Queen for a stroll in the grounds this weekend with her baby boy August Philip Hawke who was named after the Duke of Edinburgh.
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