QUEEN ELIZABETH II was given a much higher role in the public eye than Prince Philip but one expert has explained how the Duke of Edinburgh is still head of the Royal Family.
Prince Philip, 99, abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles and became a naturalised British subject so he could marry the Queen in 1947. Before the wedding, he received the title of Duke of Edinburgh and left active military service when Elizabeth became monarch in 1952. A royal expert has since revealed how Philip’s public role differs from the one he holds at home.
Speaking on True Royalty TV, host Kate Thornton said: “She modelled herself very well as a Queen but also as a wife making sure he was never sidelined.”
Royal expert Roya Nikkah said: “The Queen has been brilliant during her reign in the fact that she’s always made it absolutely clear the Queen is head of nation and head of state.
“But the Duke of Edinburgh is head of the family.
“I think for a man who has had to walk behind his wife for most of his life particularly in the 1950s, when it was an alpha male world.
Prince Philip is head of the Royal Family, says on expert (Image: GETTY)
Prince Philip abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles to marry the Queen (Image: GETTY)
“I think that balance has worked so well because there has been those clear distinctions and Philip has always known he has an important role to play.”
Their comments come as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have arrived in Scotland for their summer break at Balmoral, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
The monarch and Philip touched down at Aberdeen Airport on Tuesday afternoon before they were driven to their residence in the Highlands, roughly an hour away.
It is the first time the senior royals have travelled away from Windsor since relocating from Buckingham Palace and the Sandringham Estate on March 19 following the coronavirus outbreak.
Philip received the title of Duke of Edinburgh before the wedding (Image: GETTY)
The head of state was pictured leaving the plane in overcast weather, wearing a rain mac over a powder blue jacket with a pearl necklace and earrings, while Philip donned a shirt and green jumper.
Royal aides were also seen carrying luggage and a pair of dorgis – the Queen’s dogs.
They are expected to remain in Scotland through August and September with a minimal team of staff members, dubbed HMS Bubble.
Visitors from just two other households will be able to meet the Queen at the same time, under current Scottish Government rules, which recommends a maximum of eight people at a time when inside.
Line of succession (Image: EXPRESS)
Four other households will be able to meet the monarch at a time outside – with fewer than 15 people in a group.
The palace declined to comment on whether other members of the royal family would travel there to spend some time with the monarch.
The Queen will not be able to watch the Braemar Gathering as she traditionally does, with the Highland games called off for the first time since 1945.
It is also unlikely the monarch will be able to host her annual Ghillies Ball, which usually takes place in the estate’s grand ballroom.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK