Queen marks late Prince Philip’s 100th birthday by planting rose in his name
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The Queen marked what would have been her husband Prince Philip's 100th birthday on Thursday 10 June with a sweet moment at Windsor Castle.
Prince Philip "peacefully" passed away at the age of 99 on 9 April at Windsor with his beloved wife by his side.
Now, Her Majesty has paid a touching tribute to her other half by planting a rose named Duke of Edinburgh at the East Terrace Garden, which she'll be able to look out onto from her private rooms at the castle.
The monarch was gifted the shrub last week from the President of the Royal Horticultural Society, Keith Weed, who told the Queen: "It’s a rose named the Duke of Edinburgh Rose to mark his centenary and it’s a commemorative rose for all the marvellous things that he did over his lifetime and for everyone to remember so much that he did.”
He added: "Each rose, there's a donation that goes to the Living Legacy Fund which will help more children. It's a beautiful flower in itself, a double flower."
To which she replied: "It looks lovely," and said it was "very kind" of him to present her with it.
"Right now with a cold Spring and nature being a bit behind it doesn't look so lovely but that’s what it will look like," he continued before pointing to a picture of a rose.
The Queen, whose grandson Prince Harry recently issued a legal warning over claims he didn't ask her permission to name his daughter after her, proceeded to watch as Windsor's head gardener Philip Carter planted the rose.
Her Majesty, who wore a blue floral dress with a white cardigan and black shoes, appeared in good spirits as she smiled while speaking to Keith.
Discussing his meeting with the Queen, Keith said: "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.
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"The Duke's devotion to raising public awareness of the importance of conserving the natural world leaves a lasting legacy."
It comes after the Queen reportedly recently invited her grandson Prince Harry to lunch for what will be their first private meeting since he stepped down from royal duties last year.
Harry, who has just welcomed his second child, a girl named Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor with wife Meghan Markle, is due to fly back to the UK to attend the unveiling of a new Princess Diana statue next month.
Prince Philip 1921-2021
It has now been claimed that the Queen is hoping to use her grandson's time back in England for a "chance to talk things through" and address his "strained" relationship with the royal family.
"It's a typically magnanimous gesture by Her Majesty," a courtier told the Daily Mail.
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