The Duke of Edinburgh died on 9 April at the age of 99, two months before his 100th birthday. Upon Her Majesty’s wishes, the Royal Family will observe two weeks of mourning. A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said that despite the period of sadness members of the family, including the Queen, will continue performing royal duties.
Twenty-two members of the royal “bubble” will comfort Queen Elizabeth II while she mourns Prince Philip, The Telegraph reported citing its sources. The so-called bubbles are groups of people with whom one can maintain close contact and not adhere to coronavirus safety rules such as social distancing.
When the pandemic began last year, Master of the Royal Household Vice Admiral Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt called the group “HMS Bubble”, which the Queen and the late Prince Philip liked very much, because during the Second World War the Duke of Edinburgh, who served in the Royal Navy, was nicknamed “Big Bubble”.
Some of the personal assistants and aides from “HMS Bubble” have been with Her Majesty since the end of the 20th century, The Telegraph writes.