Pass­ing Down Her WIS­DOM

HER MAJESTY FINDS NEW JOY BY HELP­ING THE YOUNGER GEN­ER­A­TION OF ROY­ALS

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At 92, Queen El­iz­a­beth II seems like a new woman. “Peo­ple who have known her for a long time say she smiles more and is more re­laxed,” roy­als ex­pert Robert Hard­man tells Closer. The rea­son she’s in such good spir­its has a lot to do with her grand­daugh­ters-in-law, Kate Mid­dle­ton and Meghan Markle.

“Both women were to­tally new to this roy­als game when they came into it,” says Hard­man, au­thor of the new bi­og­ra­phy Queen of the World. “So from the get-go, the queen has made an ef­fort to take them un­der her wing. It’s a team op­er­a­tion, and it’s a united team — that makes the queen happy.” Things weren’t al­ways so jolly at the Palace. As the long­est-reign­ing Bri­tish monarch, the queen has en­dured many crises over the years, in­clud­ing the tragic death of her daugh­ter-in-law Princess Diana in 1997. At the time, “her pri­mary con­cern was to make a se­cure fam­ily sit­u­a­tion for Princes Wil­liam and Harry,” says Hard­man. But she was also de­ter­mined to en­sure an eas­ier tran­si­tion for new mem­bers of the royal fam­ily. “The queen is con­scious that there were all sorts of prob­lems when Diana was join­ing the fam­ily,” he says, “and she wants to make sure that [Kate and Meghan] don’t re­gard their role as an or­deal.”

That means bond­ing with the duchesses on royal en­gage­ments (in

June, the queen took Meghan on an overnight trip to North­ern Eng­land and didn’t in­vite Harry!) and of­fer­ing gen­tle guid­ance. “She doesn’t give or­ders, she gives ad­vice,” ex­plains Hard­man. “And there’s a lot of lead­ing by ex­am­ple.” Her ap­proach, says Hard­man, is work­ing. “The monar­chy is in a good place, and a lot of that is down to the fact that the younger gen­er­a­tion is set­tled and happy.”

LEARN­ING FROM THE PAST

She looks as good as she feels! “Her for­mer sec­re­tary says the queen is as strong as a yak,”Hard­man notes.

“She’s en­er­gized, she’s in­ter­ested in peo­ple,” says Hard­man of the queen, here on a royal en­gage­ment with Kate in 2012.

Queen El­iz­a­beth II en­joyed spend­ing time with Meghan on their June 14 tripto North­ern Eng­land.

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