The Queen has paid a touching tribute to her late husband as she planted a newly-bred ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ rose at Windsor Castle.
In the East Terrace Garden, which is located just beneath her private rooms, Her Majesty was greeted by Royal Horticultural Society president Keith Weed who presented her with a very touching gift – the Duke of Edinburgh Rose.
The enchanting double-flowered rose is deep pink and covered in white lines. It will have a forever home in Windsor flowerbeds that were reorganized by Prince Philip years ago.
The bittersweet occasion followed nine weeks after the duke’s death and on the same day that would have marked his 100th birthday if he was still alive.
“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 Her Majesty.
“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.”
Responding to the head of the Royal Horticultural Society, the Queen admitted that the Duke of Edinburgh Rose “looks lovely.”
“Right now, with a cold spring and nature being a little bit behind, it doesn’t look so lovely there but that’s what it looks like. The picture says it all,” Weed added as he showed the Queen how the rose will look in its full glory.
After getting acquainted with Mr Weed, the Queen stood and watched on as her new rose was planted into her flowerbeds by her head gardener, Philip Carter.
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