Queen Elizabeth is remembering her beloved late husband, Prince Philip on the eve of what would have been his 100th birthday. The monarch received a unique, deep pink rose, specially created to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s centenary.
The Queen has been presented with a Duke of Edinburgh Rose to mark what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday tomorrow🌹The newly bred rose, which was given to the Queen by @The_RHS President, has been planted in the East Terrace Garden at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/5INsDfDIJs
— Lizzie Robinson (@LizzieITV) June 9, 2021
The Queen planted the rose in an area of the gardens at Windsor Castle that the Duke had helped transform. The rose was given to the Queen by the President of the Royal Horticultural Society, Keith Weed.
Upon receiving the flower, the Queen said it ‘looked lovely’ and has since been given a place in the mixed rose border of the East Terrace Garden. Philip had restructured the flowerbeds and commissioned a bronze lotus fountain which features at its centre.
In a statement, Weed shared: ‘Whilst being very poignant, it was also a delight to give Her Majesty The Queen, Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, the Duke of Edinburgh Rose to mark what would have been HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday and to remember his remarkable life’.
‘The Duke’s devotion to raising public awareness of the importance of conserving the natural world leaves a lasting legacy.’, he added.
A royalty from the sale of each rose will go to the Duke’s Award Living Legacy Fund, which helps young people take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Later this month, Philip will be celebrated in an exhibition at Windsor Castle. The robe he wore to his wife’s Coronation in 1953, some of the gifts he received during his time as consort to the Queen, and memorabilia from his days serving as a naval officer will be on display.