She called the rose "lovely" and watched as it was planted at the Windsor Castle gardens.
On April 9, 2021, Prince Philip passed just nine weeks before crossing the age of 100. To mark her husband's centenary birthday, which falls on Thursday, June 10, Queen Elizabeth II honored Prince Philip's memory by having a rose in his name planted in the gardens at Windsor Castle. On the eve of her late husband's birthday, the 95-year-old Queen received a rose that was newly-bred and named after Prince Philip by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). The special rose, which is deep pink in color and named the Duke of Edinburgh Rose, was presented to the Queen by the RHS president, Keith Weed.
The Queen called it a "very kind" tribute and watched as the tiny shrub bush was planted at the Windsor Castle gardens.
"It's a rose named the Duke of Edinburgh Rose to mark his centenary and it's a commemorative rose for all the marvelous things that he did over his lifetime and for everyone to remember so much that he did," Weed told the Queen, as quoted by Daily Star.
The Duke of Edinburgh Rose will play a role in keeping Prince Philip's legacy blooming, according to USA TODAY. The company, Harkness Roses, is set to donate $3.50 (2.50 pounds) for every single Duke of Edinburgh Rose that is sold. The donated money will go to The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Living Legacy Fund, which was a scheme set up by Prince Philip in 1956 for the benefit of young people from different backgrounds.
The Queen has been presented with a Duke of Edinburgh Rose to mark what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday tomorrow🌹The newly bred rose, which was given to the Queen by @The_RHS President, has been planted in the East Terrace Garden at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/5INsDfDIJs— Lizzie Robinson (@LizzieITV) June 9, 2021
"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," the RHS president added, as reported by Daily Star. "It looks lovely," the Queen said.
According to PEOPLE, Weed also said in a statement, "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. The Duke's devotion to raising public awareness of the importance of conserving the natural world leaves a lasting legacy."
Before Prince Philip passed away, he became the longest-serving consort of the British royal family and was married to the Queen for about 73 years. One of the special traditions they kept alive over the years involved flowers as well. Every year, the Duke of Edinburgh would always bring the Queen flowers for her birthday without fail. On "birthday morning the queen will find a flower on her breakfast tray," said an old UPI report that was published in 1976, ahead of the Queen's 50th birthday, according to TODAY.
The tradition was described as "a token her husband never forgets."
More recently, on the occasion of the Queen's 94th birthday, royal biographer Ingrid Seward also spoke about Prince Philip's sweet birthday gesture for his wife. "Prince Philip always brings her a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and I presume that someone will definitely do that for him today," Seward told Sky News, as quoted by Express. "I think she likes white flowers and there’s always some lily of the valley—she loves flowers."
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