LONDON (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II marked what would have been the 100th birthday of her husband Prince Philip with the planting of a new rose bearing his name.
The monarch looked at the Duke of Edinburgh’s rose planted in the gardens of Windsor Castle last week to commemorate Philip’s centenary on Thursday.
She was pictured smiling as she accepted the small rose bush, wrapped in brown paper and twine, from the president of the Royal Horticultural Society.
The rose, which is deep pink and speckled with white lines, was newly selected after Philip’s death on April 9 at Windsor Castle.
For every rose sold, the Harkness Roses Company will donate 2.50 pounds ($ 3.50) to a fund to help an additional one million young people from all walks of life participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, a popular awards program for youth set up by Philip in 1956..
Philip, who was born on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921, married Princess Elizabeth in 1947 – five years before she became Queen at the age of 25. Their marriage lasted 73 years, making Philip Britain’s oldest wife. The Queen called her husband “to strength and stay” in public.
He has dedicated his life to royal service, assuming tens of thousands of engagements and accompanying the Queen on official visits to some 140 countries. He retired from his royal duties in 2017, at the age of 96.
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