The Queen did not approve of the legalization of same-sex marriage. While in favor of civil partnerships, as a woman of deep Christian faith she took a different view on the legislation allowing same-sex couples to ‘marry’.She expressed her frustration to a friend at the height of the controversy, but admitted she was powerless to intervene, saying: ‘I can only advise and warn.’
The friend said: ‘It was the “marriage” thing that she thought was wrong, because marriage ought to be sacrosanct between a man and a woman.’
It is the first time her anxiety over the controversial issue has become known. The revelation is among the insights in a ground-breaking series starting in the Mail today to mark her 90th birthday next month.
Following extensive interviews with courtiers past and present, friends of the Queen and family members, we can also reveal one of her most senior former aides believes it was a mistake not to lower the Buckingham Palace flag after Princess Diana’s death – and that he is convinced the Queen now shares this view.
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The Queen has also changed her attitude towards Diana to one of gratitude. She turned 90 on April 21, and events to celebrate her remarkable reign – she became Queen aged 25 – are being organised up and down the country, including an official pageant at Windsor Castle.
The Mail’s series – The Unknown Queen – unearths fascinating fresh insights into one of the most written-about women in the world.
It explores what she really thinks of the Duchess of Cambridge’s family, the Middletons, and her surprisingly saucy relationship with Prince Philip.
We reveal how the Queen clung to the hope Charles and Diana could be reconciled, but eventually her ‘deep love’ for her eldest son led her to pave the way for him to marry Camilla. Other revelations include:
Her intriguing ‘deal’ with Prince William;
How she planned for Princess Anne to be ‘first lady’;
Why, in her 40s, the Queen decided to raise her skirts fashionably above the knee;
The extraordinary day she was locked out of her own palace;
When she went swimming in the sea, and; The time she mentioned the IRA’s new rifle while out riding.
We reveal the episode that most upset the Queen during her ‘annus horribilis’ of 1992, and report how she was deeply hurt by hostile public reaction to the suggestion the taxpayer would pick up the bill to repair fire-ravaged Windsor Castle.
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