On his 100th birthday, the royal family honors ‘grandpa’ Philip.
On the occasion of the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday, the royal family has paid tribute to him.
Philip, the country’s longest-serving monarch, died on April 9, only nine weeks before his 100th birthday.
“Thinking of Grandpa on what would have been his 100th birthday,” Princess Eugenie posted on Instagram.
The princess uploaded a photo of her grandparents, Philip and the Queen, smiling outside St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, at her 2018 wedding.
After returning home from a vacation to Malta in 1951, Clarence House issued a black and white historical photograph of a two-year-old Charles holding his father’s hand as Philip, dressed dapperly in a double-breasted suit and sunglasses, greeted him.
As they walked away from the Viking Aircraft of the King’s Flight, the young Charles, who had gone to London Airport to greet his father, took Philip’s hand in his.
The duke had recently relinquished command of the frigate Magpie.
The message on the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s official Instagram account said, “Remembering The Duke of Edinburgh, on what would have been his 100th birthday.”
It also featured a photo of Philip at Windsor in July 2020, during the ceremonial handing over his duty as colonel-in-chief of The Rifles to Camilla.
However, the Earl of Wessex told CNN that his father was “very self-effacing” and would not have liked the fuss of celebrating his 100th birthday.
“I don’t think he really really wanted to achieve his centenary because I just think there would be too much fuss and that wasn’t him, that wasn’t him at all,” Edward explained.
The Queen commemorated the event by planting a specially bred rose in memory of her late husband.
Last Monday, the monarch accepted the gift from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and watched it be installed in the gardens of Windsor Castle.
She called the Duke of Edinburgh Rose “beautiful” and the tribute “extremely nice,” describing it as “deep pink, speckled with white lines, and double-flowered.”
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