The Queen receives rose named in memory of Prince Philip

By Heather Cichowski

The Queen receives rose named in memory of Prince Philip

June 10 would have been Prince Philip's 100th birthday. In a very touching gesture to mark the centenary of her beloved late husband's birth, the Queen received a rose named in his honour.

On June 9, pictures were shared of the 95-year-old receiving the Duke of Edinburgh rose, presented to her by the President of the Royal Horticultural Society Keith Weed in the gardens of Windsor Castle. It was a touching gesture for Her Majesty because this is one of the first occasions she will not have her husband by her side, following her 95th birthday on April 21.

Prince Philip sadly passed away on April 9 at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle with the Queen by his side after spending weeks in hospitals in London. The Queen received the rose last week.

The Queen appeared touched as she inspected the rose. Photo: © Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images

It is also a lovely gift because the Duke of Edinburgh was a keen environmentalist and had a passion for nature and the outdoors. He also had an interest in gardening, including growing his own fruits and vegetables. The father of four passed that love on to his children and grandchildren.

In photographs of the Queen receiving her rose, she is seen wearing a cream cardigan and blue floral dress accessorized with a single strand of pearls, sunglasses and her black loafers. She carried a printed silk handkerchief in her hand.

The 95-year-old monarch admired the beautiful flower, which is a striking deep pink shrub rose, before she selected a spot for it to be planted in the East Terrace Garden at Windsor Castle, which Philip redesigned in the 1970s.

What a gorgeous deep pink shrub rose the Queen will have in her garden in the memory of Prince Philip. Photo: © Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images

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Her Majesty is patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, and a donation from the sale of each rose will go to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Living Legacy Fund, which gives more young people the opportunity to take part in the awards scheme.

It was a cause about which Philip was very passionate. The duke first considered the idea back in 1954 after a suggestion from his former headmaster, and it was formally launched in 1956. The Duke of Edinburgh Awards focus on helping young people follow their passions, believe in themselves and take on challenges.

"The Fund will give a million more young people, from all circumstances and backgrounds, the opportunity to achieve a DofE Award," the Royal Family's Twitter account revealed.

Her Majesty selected a spot in the East Terrace Garden for the Duke of Edinburgh rose. Photo: © Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Her Majesty is paying another poignant tribute to her late husband by approving an exhibition on Prince Philip's life at Windsor Castle.

The news was officially confirmed on June 7 by the Royal Collection Trust, which is a charity that manages the royal collections and several residences. The exhibition will take place at Windsor Castle and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh this summer, and will "commemorate the remarkable life and legacy of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Britain’s longest-serving consort."

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