Queen Elizabeth Just Honored Prince Philip’s 100th Birthday In the Sweetest Way

earlier this year, Queen Elizabeth When Prince Philip died at the age of 99, he lost his husband of more than 70 years. The royal family had several days of mourning, and even Prince Harry flew across the pond to attend his grandfather’s funeral.

Now, in honor of Philip’s centenary, the Queen is fondly remembering him.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip shake hands in 2015. Chris Jackson / Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have been married for over 70 years

When the Queen met Philip, she was only a child. The two first met when the Queen was eight years old, and the conversation certainly didn’t lead to anything romantic, as Philip was 13. But when the queen was 13 years old, she fast forward and began to pursue her future husband. .

Philip was 18 at the time, but the spark went off. The couple began exchanging letters, and about eight years later, they were officially married. For years, Philip stood by the side of the Queen, and although the marriage was marred several times by scandals, the couple’s relationship never deteriorated. They welcomed four children together, eight grandchildren, and at the time of Philip’s death, 10 great-grandchildren. (That number has recently risen with the arrival of Lilibet Diana and will rise once again when Princess Beatrice and Eduardo Mopelli Mozzi welcome their baby boy.)

Queen Elizabeth sits alone at Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17, 2021. Jonathan Brady / WPA Pool / Getty Images

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Queen honors Prince Philip with roses on 100th birthday

Prince Philip passed away at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2021. He had surgery in the months before his death, and over the winter he spent almost a month in the hospital. His death started a period of eight days of mourning for the royal family; Philip was cremated on the last day.

June 10 would have been Philip’s 100th birthday, and the Queen certainly hasn’t stopped celebrating her husband’s life. In his memory, the Queen was gifted a Duke of Edinburgh rose named by the Royal Horticultural Society. The plant would grow into a rose bush and was planted outside Windsor Castle, where Philip died. Philip had also helped redesign the Windsor Castle gardens several years earlier.

According to instagramThe Queen joined the Royal Horticultural Society to plant a bush in memory of her husband. The society is also selling the bush, and for each rose bush sold, a donation will be made to the Phillips Award Living Legacy Fund.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip look at each other affectionately as they announce their engagement in 1947 Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth dealt professionally with her husband’s death

The queen never shied away from her royal duties even after her husband passed away. Even when they mourned his death, they followed royal tradition for eight days of mourning and then performed his last rites.

The Queen has since continued to live up to her royal expectations after the loss of her husband. Prince Philip retired from the spotlight back in 2017, so the Queen has gotten used to attending royal events on her own.

Although the Queen no longer travels much, she took part in the maiden voyage of a new naval ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, in May. The Queen also celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in early June.

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