Queen Elizabeth has marked what would have been her husband Prince Philip’s 100th birthday with the planting of a newly bred rose named after him.
Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died on April 9, just two months short of his landmark birthday after more than seven decades of marriage to Elizabeth, who is now 95.
Buckingham Palace said that last week Elizabeth had been presented with a Duke of Edinburgh Rose – a newly bred pink commemorative rose – in his memory.
It has since been planted at the rose border of the East Terrace Garden at the queen’s Windsor Castle home to the west of London, where she has spent most of her time since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and where her husband died.
“Whilst being very poignant, it was a delight to give Her Majesty The Queen … the Duke of Edinburgh Rose to mark what would have been (his) 100th birthday and to remember his remarkable life,” said Keith Weed, president of the Royal Horticultural Society.
A royalty from the sale of each rose will go towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award Living Legacy Fund, supporting a scheme for young people that Philip set up and which now operates in more than 130 countries.
For every rose sold, the company Harkness Roses will donate STG2.50 ($A4.50) to a fund aiming to help young people from all backgrounds take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, a popular youth award program set up by Philip in 1956.
Philip, who was born on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921, married then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947 – five years before she became queen at age 25.
Their marriage lasted 73 years, making Philip Britain’s longest-serving consort. The Queen has called her husband her “strength and stay” in public.
He devoted his life to royal service, taking on tens of thousands of engagements and accompanying the queen on official visits to some 140 countries. He retired from royal duties in 2017, at age 96.