The Queen has received a rose from the Royal Horticultural Society to mark what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday today (10 June).
The flower is named the Duke of Edinburgh Rose in his honour and has been planted in the East Terrace Garden at Windsor Castle in his memory.
The official Royal Family Instagram shared a photograph of the Queen receiving the rose from the RHS, of which she is a patron.
The sales of the roses will help fund Prince Philip’s Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. A post alongside the image explained that, “each rose purchased will help establish new DofE centres, deepen existing support, and train thousands more Leaders and volunteers.”
It added that, “the Fund will give a million more young people, from all circumstances and backgrounds, the opportunity to achieve a DofE Award.”
The account also shared close up photograph of the Duke’s shrub rose, which includes a photograph of him on the label. A moving, earlier photograph of the Queen holding a bouquet and smiling happily at Prince Philip beside her, was also shared on the account.
Members of the public left messages expressing their best wishes for the Queen on the post.
“I’m glad to see the Queen smiling too. She really sets an example of strength and great character,” read one message, while another said, “What a beautiful Rose beautifully named in his honour. Happy heavenly 100th Birthday to HRH Prince Phillip.”
Prince Philip sadly passed away earlier this year at the age of 99. The Queen and the Duke were married for more than 70 years and his funeral was held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on 17 April.
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