Queen Elizabeth II spent Thursday honoring her late husband,, on what would have been his 100th birthday. To commemorate the event, the queen planted a rose, bred and named for Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
The pink rose, named “Duke of Edinburgh Rose,” was bred by Harkness Roses and gifted by the Royal Horticultural Society, of which the queen is patron, final week, Buckingham Palace introduced Thursday. It honors “all the marvelous things that he did over his lifetime and for everyone to remember so much that he did,” the society’s president informed the queen.
The flower is described as having a “deep pink color dappled with white lines” and a “delicate fragrance.” The queen mentioned that the flower “looks lovely.”
With the queen watching, the flower was planted on the rose border of the East Terrace Garden at her Windsor Castle residence, the place she has been staying for a lot of the coronavirus pandemic.
Royalties from the share of every rose offered will go in direction of the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Living Legacy Fund, which Philip initially established in 1956. It helps younger individuals in additional than 130 nations.
“The Fund will give a million more young people, from all circumstances and backgrounds, the opportunity to achieve a DofE Award,” the palace mentioned. “Each rose purchased will help establish new DofE centers, deepen existing support, and train thousands more Leaders and volunteers.”
“In buying this rose you will also be giving one million more young people the opportunity to do their DofE Award, so not only is this rose spectacular to look at, but you will also be raising funds for a very worthy cause,” DofE Managing Director Philip Harkness mentioned in a assertion.
Prince Philip died on the age of 99 on April 9, after a month-long hospital keep. He had been married to the now-95-year-old queen for greater than seven many years and was the longest-serving royal consort.
Several members of the royal household honored the duke on Thursday to mark his centenary. Prince Charles, the couple’s eldest son, and his spouse, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, shared an image of a two-year-old Charles holding his father’s hand after the duke returned from a journey to Malta in 1951.
Princess Eugenie additionally shared an image on Instagram, that includes the duke and the queen collectively at her 2018 marriage ceremony, with the caption, “Thinking of Grandpa on what would have been his 100th birthday.”
Prince Edward, the couple’s youngest son, informed BBC News that his father “did not want all the fuss and bother” surrounding his milestone birthday.
“I think he wasn’t really looking forward to the centenary, even if we were,” he mentioned in his first broadcast interview since his father’s funeral.