The Queen will go on without her "rock" Prince Philip with the help of the Royal Family who will pull together and support the monarch, a historian has claimed.

Prince Philip was Her Majesty’s "rock", Princess Eugenie, the couple’s granddaughter said in 2012 when she walked through St Paul's Cathedral without the duke for her Diamond Jubilee celebration.

At the time, Philip was in hospital with a bladder infection, and Eugenie said having to do that alone was "probably quite testing".

Queen Elizabeth II pulled through, however, with help from her family and historian Hugo Vickers believes the family, including the heir to the throne Prince Charles, will do the same again.

He told PA: "We saw them do it at the Diamond Jubilee. It was rather touching.

"Prince Charles stepped forward and was much more supportive than he could have been if Prince Philip were there.

"They do have a family and they are there to support one another – that's what they will do."

Mr Vickers claims Prince Charles may even play an even bigger role in helping and comforting his mother than he did during the Diamond Jubilee as his brother, Prince Andrew, has taken a back seat publicly.

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During the Diamond Jubilee celebration Charles was cheered on by the crowd as stamped their feet and chants of "Philip, Philip" broke out.

The Prince of Wales said: "The only sad thing about this evening is that my father cannot be here with us because unfortunately he's been taken unwell.

"Ladies and gentlemen, if we shout loud enough he might just hear us in hospital."

Prince Philip was just two months shy of his 100th birthday when he died at Windsor Castle on April 9.

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The Queen and Philip have four children together, the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.

He also had eight grandchildren, including Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, as well as several in-laws through Camilla, the Countess of Wessex, all of whom will support the monarch.

Her Majesty is also said to be close to Sophie, who is married to the Earl of Wessex, and she will likely be a source of support for the monarch.

Queen Elizabeth II, and the country, will now enter a 8-day period of mourning as arrangements are made for Philip's funeral.

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