Queen Elizabeth is surrounded by her close family in the household after the demise of Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth is dealing with the loss of her husband Prince Philip as strongly as ever.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who was longest-serving consort to a ruling British monarch, passed away on Friday aged 99.
His death has left a deep void in the royal family. However, the 94-year-old monarch is dealing with this valiantly.
According to Charles Anson, former press secretary to the Queen, the 94-year-old monarch was prepared for Philip's death after years of battling major health woes.
"She would have thought about this moment several times, and her way would be to remain as steady and as calm as possible," Anson told PEOPLE. "That comes naturally to her through her temperament and her experience."
Anson added, "In my years of working for her she was always calm, no matter what was going on. But for any human being, this is a very cathartic moment."
The royal insider added how Philip, after marrying the Queen, immediately became her rock throughout the years.
"There were some things they had to deal with together that were difficult, but it was a long marriage with a great deal of happiness," Anson shared. "He took very seriously his role as a support for the Queen as monarch."
Philip was able to provide "a great level support from a strong outward-looking man of action that he was. He was a natural of his generation to be at his wife's side. He very quickly came to terms to watching to be in that role of support as well as running his own life."
Anson further said the Queen will be surrounded by her close family in the household in days to follow.
"She has an enormous amount of family support for her and will also take comfort from the enormity of the support from all over the world," he said.