Queen Elizabeth II spent Thursday honoring her late husband,, on what would have been his 100th birthday. To commemorate the occasion, the Queen planted a rose, selected and named in honor of Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
The pink rose, named “Duke of Edinburgh Rose”, was bred by Harkness Roses and donated by the Royal Horticultural Society, of which the Queen is patron, last week, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday. He honors “all the wonderful things he has done in his lifetime and for everyone to remember so many things he did,” the company’s president told the Queen.
The flower is described as having a “dark pink color spotted with white lines” and a “delicate fragrance”. The queen said the flower “is lovely”.
As the Queen watched, the flower was planted at the pink border of the East Terrace Garden at her home in Windsor Castle, where she stayed during most of the coronavirus pandemic.
Royalties from each rose sold will go to the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Living Legacy Fund, originally established by Philip in 1956. It supports young people in more than 130 countries.
“The Fund will give an additional one million young people, from all backgrounds and from all walks of life, the opportunity to obtain a DofE prize,” the palace said. “Each rose purchased will help establish new DofE centers, deepen existing support, and train thousands of additional leaders and volunteers.”
“By purchasing this rose you will also be giving a million more young people the opportunity to make their DofE Award, so not only is this rose spectacular to watch, but you will also be raising money for a very worthy cause”, DofE Managing Director Philip Harkness said in a statement.
Prince Philip died at the age of 99 on April 9, after a month-long hospital stay. He had been married to the 95-year-old Queen for more than seven decades and was the longest-serving royal consort.
Several members of the royal family honored the Duke on Thursday on the occasion of his centenary. Prince Charles, the couple’s eldest son, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, shared an image of a two-year-old Charles holding his father’s hand after the Duke returned from a trip to Malta in 1951.
Princess Eugenie also shared an image on Instagram, featuring the Duke and Queen together on her wedding in 2018, with the caption: “Thinking of Grandpa on what would have been his 100th birthday “.
Prince Edward, the couple’s youngest son, told BBC News his father “didn’t want all the noise and grief” surrounding his milestone birthday.
“I think he wasn’t really looking forward to the centenary, even though we were,” he said in his first TV interview since his father’s funeral.