How Much Time Does Queen Elizabeth II Spend With Prince Philip?

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip | Fiona Hanson/AFP/Getty Images

When people retire they usually look forward to leaving the workforce and spending more time with family and other loved ones. However, in the case of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, his retirement in 2017 has had him spending less and less time with his wife.

There have been always been rumblings that the couple doesn’t spend too many evenings together since they sleep in separate bedrooms. Now though, there are reports that they do not even live in the same place ever since the Duke of Edinburgh retired from his royal duties.

So how much time does Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip spend together now? We’re answering that plus if they are really living apart and how they plan to cope when one of them passes away.

Why Her Majesty and Philip sleep in separate beds

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip do sleep in separate bedrooms. The Daily Mail noted that the reason is because it’s a tradition among the British upper class–and is considered a more practical arrangement than trying to sleep together in the same bed.

In fact, their son, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, also sleep in separate beds at their Clarence House residence.

“In England, the upper class always have had separate bedrooms. You don’t want to be bothered with snoring or someone flinging a leg around,” explained the queen’s cousin, Lady Pamela Hicks. “Then when you are feeling cozy you share your room sometimes. It is lovely to be able to choose.”

Why they don’t live together anymore

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip | ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images

Ever since his retirement, the duke has been spending more and more time away from Buckingham Palace. Of course, Queen Elizabeth II is not yet retired so she still spends the majority of her time at the London palace while Philip enjoys staying at a farm manager’s cottage on their Sandringham estate in Norfolk called Wood Farm.

The Daily Beast reported that the prince has basically moved out of Buckingham Palace and has only spent a “handful of nights” there since officially retiring.

A source told the Express that while Philip is at Wood Farm a lot now he does still make time to see his wife.

“He very much enjoys Wood Farm, and he and the queen still see each other at some point in the week or weekends,” the source said. “They see each other depending on Her Majesty’s schedule, but she works around it to see him as much as possible.”

How they’re already planning to say goodbye to each other

Whether or not they are spending a great deal of time together now, they have already made plans for how they will say their final goodbye to each other, and don’t expect either of them to show much emotion.

“They will be stiff upper lip in public and keep their own emotions behind it,” a former staffer told People, adding that they will turn to their faith to get them through the difficult time. “They are both deeply religious people and it won’t take them by surprise.”

Royal historian Robert Lacey agreed on how they will handle it saying that “Their life together has always been built on regular separations. They are not a soppy couple.”

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