Queen Elizabeth II marked the eve of what would have been her late husband’s 100th birthday with a newly bred rose named for him.
The British monarch, 95, watched as the Duke of Edinburgh Rose, a deep, pink flower dappled with white lines, was planted in the Windsor Castle gardens last week to commemorate Prince Philip’s 100th birthday, People reported.
The prince, who died April 9, would have turned 100 on Thursday. He married then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947. Philip, who was born on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921, married Elizabeth five years before she ascended the throne after the death of her father, King George VI.
They were married 73 years, making the prince Britain’s longest-serving consort, The Associated Press reported.
Philip retired from royal duties in 2017, according to the AP.
The rose was presented to Elizabeth last week by Keith Weed, the president of the Royal Horticultural Society, People reported. Upon receiving the flower, the monarch said it “looked lovely.” Philip played a key role in the layout of the garden, restructuring the flowerbeds and commissioning a bronze lotus fountain, the magazine reported.
“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,” Weed said in a statement. “The Duke’s devotion to raising public awareness of the importance of conserving the natural world leaves a lasting legacy.”
For every rose sold, Harkness Roses will donate $3.50 to a fund that helps youths participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, a program set up by Philip in 1956, the AP reported.
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