Royal expert slams Prince Andrew as Queen faces ‘massive year’
Christmas is officially over, as today marks Twelfth Night. The Twelfth Night marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas and falls on the eve of Epiphany, the Christian holiday, which falls on January 6 of each year. The ancient celebrations mark the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, as well as the visit of the three wise men.
Also known as the “Day of the Three Kings”, the Gospel of Matthew says that three kings followed a star through the wilderness until they reached Bethlehem, bringing with them gold, l ‘frankincense and myrrh.
Many people stick to January 5 to remove their decorations, and keeping them longer is said to be bad luck. Unless you’re the queen, of course.
Her Majesty celebrated her first Christmas without her beloved husband Prince Philip this year.
She was joined at Windsor Castle by several members of the royal family, including Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince Edward, Sophie and the children of Wessex.
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Her Majesty’s Christmas decorations remain beyond Twelfth Night.
The queen traditionally keeps the decorations until at least February 6.
In years past, the Royal Family have spent the holiday season at Sandringham. The Queen and Philip would traditionally arrive a few days before Christmas and stay there at least until February 6.
This date marks the anniversary of the death of her late father, King George VI, in 1952.
The Christmas decorations remained at Sandringham until Her Majesty’s departure.
George VI fell ill after the stress of WWII. The excessive smoking and subsequent development of cancer, along with other illnesses, saw her health deteriorate.
February 6 marks the anniversary of the death of King George VI.
Amid declining health, his 1951 Christmas show was recorded in short clips and then edited together. A few weeks after the broadcast, he passed away. He died in his sleep from coronary thrombosis on the morning of February 6.
He was only 56 years old, while his eldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, was only 25. At the time, she and Philip were on a royal tour of Kenya. Upon hearing the news, the new queen immediately returned home.
Her Majesty traditionally marks the anniversary of her father’s death in private, before resuming royal duties.
The Queen is currently mourning two of her ladies-in-waiting after their deaths within a month.
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Her Majesty is currently mourning two of her closest confidants.
Lady Farnham died four days after Christmas at the age of 90.
She had been the Monarch’s Lady of the Chamber since 1987 and rode alongside Her Majesty on the Diamond Jubilee Service Path in 2012 following Philip’s hospitalization.
His death came after 44 remarkable years of royal service.
The sad news follows the recent death of the Duchess of Grafton, the queen’s mistress of the robes.
A source told The Telegraph it had “not been a good year” for the Queen.
Ann Fortune FitzRoy had served Her Majesty in the prestigious role from 1967 until her death on December 3 at the age of 101.
A royal source told The Telegraph: ‘It is very sad for the Queen.
“Everyone loved Lady Farnham, she was always in such a good mood.
“She was also a very glamorous and attractive woman.”
The source added: “It hasn’t been a good year for the Queen – she lost her husband, then the Duchess of Grafton and now Lady Farnham. They were dear friends who supported the Queen in her official duties.
“Unfortunately, a sad consequence of living a long life is that you have to say goodbye to a lot of your loved ones. “
A number of longtime ladies-in-waiting will continue to serve the monarch in official duties.
These include Lady Susan Hussey, 82, who traveled with her by car until Philip’s funeral, and Dame Mary Morrison, 85, who has been the maid since 1960.