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Queen Elizabeth shares touching tribute on first anniversary of Prince Philip's death

Queen Elizabeth shares touching tribute on first anniversary of Prince Philip's death

The Duke of Edinburgh, who the Queen considers her "strength and stay," died on April 9 last year from old age, at 99.

It's already been a year since Prince Philip passed away "peacefully" at Windsor Castle. The royals, including Queen Elizabeth, delivered a poignant tribute last week for the first anniversary of his death. 

The Duke of Edinburgh, who the Queen considers her "strength and stay," died on April 9 last year from old age, at 99. This year, his family and the monarch decided to spend the heartbreaking day privately as Queen Elizabeth, who turns 96 this month, shared a moving post on her official social media account, according to PEOPLE.

Sharing a poem written by the U.K.'s Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, she posted a video montage featuring the special moments of her late husband's life and their time together. The touching clip included moments from their royal wedding, the arrival of their four kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

"Remembering His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on the first anniversary of his death," read the sweet message of the post, which was eventually shared by Prince Charles, Camilla - the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, and Kate Middleton. 



 

The poem, titled "The Patriarchs – An Elegy," reads, "The weather in the window this morning is snow, unseasonal singular flakes, a slow winter's final shiver. On such an occasion to presume to eulogise one man is to pipe up for a whole generation - that crew whose survival was always the stuff of minor miracle, who came ashore in orange-crate coracles, fought ingenious wars, finagled triumphs at sea with flaming decoy boats, and side-stepped torpedoes"

"Husbands to duty, they unrolled their plans across billiard tables and vehicle bonnets, regrouped at breakfast. What their secrets were was everyone's guess and nobody's business. Great-grandfathers from birth, in time they became both inner core and outer case in a family heirloom of nesting dolls. Like evidence of early man their boot-prints stand in the hardened earth of rose-beds and borders. They were sons of a zodiac out of sync with the solar year, but turned their minds to the day's big science and heavy questions," it continued. 

"To study their hands at rest was to picture maps showing hachured valleys and indigo streams, schemes of old campaigns and reconnaissance missions. Last of the great avuncular magicians they kept their best tricks for the grand finale: Disproving Immortality and Disappearing Entirely. The major oaks in the wood start tuning up and skies to come will deliver their tributes. But for now, a cold April's closing moments parachute slowly home, so by mid-afternoon snow is recast as seed heads and thistledown."

Cover image source: Twitter Screenshot | The Royal Family

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