Camilla pays tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh on his 100th birthday.
On what would have been his 100th birthday, the Duchess of Cornwall paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh.
Camilla celebrated British Flowers Week with a tour of the Garden Museum on London’s South Bank, where she spoke about her love of flowers and her “passion” for flower arranging.
She made a comment about Philip and her own late father as she was given a bouquet that included rosemary, a symbol of remembering.
“I’m overjoyed to be here today,” the duchess stated. It would have been the Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday today, and my father’s birthday tomorrow, and I’m honored to be here today, doing something I know they would have appreciated.”
Major Bruce Shand, Camilla’s father, was a wine merchant who served with the 12th Lancers during WWII.
For his actions in France, he was awarded the Military Cross in 1940 and again in 1942, and he was later injured and imprisoned while fighting in North Africa. He passed away on June 11, 2006, at the age of 89.
The duchess, who was dressed in a Fiona Clare tropical print dress, was shown around five floral exhibits, each themed “healing” and exhibiting the seasonal richness of British flowers and plants.
She informed the florists that picking and arranging flowers is her favorite pastime, and she especially enjoys this time of year when “everything comes out at once.”
Camilla gave a short address, saying, “I’d like to thank those of you who grow, plant, and beautify locations with flowers.” It has a huge impact on people’s life.
“I believe that life would be terrible without flowers.
“As a devoted gardener and someone who enjoys flower arrangements, I try to do as much as I can, when I have time, to do all of the flowers for our residences… It takes me a long time, but I enjoy it more than anything else.”
The bouquet was handed to the duchess by Shane Connolly, the florist who curated the museum’s new display. (This is a brief piece.)