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Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, are currently spending lockdown at Windsor Castle. On Monday Buckingham Palace released a heartfelt message the Queen had penned on behalf of herself and her husband. In the brief statement, the Queen expressed her and the Duke’s ‘sadness’ at the destruction caused in Central America by Hurricane Eta and said their thoughts are with those affected.
The Queen’s message was shared via the Royal Family’s official Twitter account and read: “Prince Philip and I were deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and destruction caused by Hurricane Eta.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured or lost their lives, and all those whose homes and livelihoods have been affected.”
The tweet introduced the royal message by saying: “The Queen’s message to the people of Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.”
According to a language expert, this succinct style of address is typical of the Queen and could “be on the brink of becoming extinct.”
Language analyst and author Judi James told Express.co.uk: “This brief, succinct message should be a timely reminder of the more traditional royal way of doing things that could well be on the brink of becoming extinct.”
Judi said the message was “strongly emotional” and showed “personal sympathy” from the royal couple.
The expert said: “The wording is strongly emotional at times, with the use of ‘deeply saddened’ and ‘tragic loss’ but there is also an air of well-used formality that manages to balance personal sympathy with a sense of stoicism.”
According to Judi, the Queen adds gravitas to well-worn phrases because of her special status.
Judi said: “The phrase ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with those…’ has been used a million times by politicians and professional guests talking about tragedies but it seems to have more congruence here as it reflects the Queen’s natural style of delivery.”
The language expert claimed the Queen’s personality still shines through despite her formal use of language.
Judi said: “Despite the formality, you can hear the Queen saying these words in her own voice, which is important for a personal message like this.”
Judi claimed the Queen may have altered her traditional introduction to emphasise Prince Philip’s thoughts.
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The expert said: “Only the initial introduction appears to have been changed.
“The Queen swaps her usual ‘My husband and I’ for ‘Prince Philip and I’, suggesting more emphasis on the strength of Philip’s individual response to the tragedy.”
The Queen and Philip are now based at Windsor Castle where they are expected to remain until December 2.
Windsor is where they spent the first lockdown together from March until August when they travelled to Balmoral.
Prince Philip retired from public life in 2017 and has since made Wood Farm in Sandringham his main base.
While in recent years the Queen and the Duke had become used to spending weeks and sometimes even months apart, the pandemic has allowed them to spend more time together as they have been living in the same location.
They usually spend Christmas at Sandringham with Royal Family members but the plans could be cancelled this year.
Instead of spending Christmas surrounded by family, the Queen and Philip may have to mark it as just the two of them.
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