A floral tribute. Queen Elizabeth II honored her late husband, Prince Philip, with a new addition to her beloved garden.
The 95-year-old monarch recently received a new rose named after the Duke of Edinburgh before what would have been his 100th birthday, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday, June 9. before his historic birthday on June 10.
“While it was very moving, it was a pleasure to give Her Majesty the Queen … the Duke of Edinburgh Rose to mark what would have been [his] 100th birthday and to remember his extraordinary life. ” Keith weed, president of the Royal Horticultural Society, said in a statement to Reuters.
The rose has been planted in the gardens of Windsor Castle, where Philip died and where the queen spent much of her time over the past year.
The newly bred rose, created by rose breeders Harkness RosesIt is bright pink in color and available for purchase in the UK. Proceeds from sales of the flower will go to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Living Legacy Fund, a program dedicated to the education of young people.
Later this week, the queen will celebrate her birthday with the annual Trooping the Color parade, which will be reduced due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Instead of Felipe, his cousin Prince edwardThe Duke of Kent will accompany her, Buckingham Palace announced on Friday, June 4.
On her royal birthday, April 21, the queen issued a statement thanking the public for their good wishes after Philip’s death.
“Today, on the occasion of my 95th birthday, I have received many messages of good wishes, which I am very grateful for,” he said at the time. “While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to all of us to see and hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world.”
Although Philip had been in poor health for a while, a source said Us weekly that the queen was still shocked by his death.
“The passing of Prince Philip has hit the queen more than expected, but she remains calm and collected,” the source said in April. “She is strong and I am sure she will succeed.”
Another source added that the former Navy officer would have wanted her to continue with her plans and events.
“Her emotions are very raw at the moment, but the queen knows that Felipe would hate if she sat depressed for the rest of her years,” the source said. U.S in April. “He would have wanted her to take care of herself first and foremost and she intends to do her best.”