Queen Elizabeth II spent Thursday in honor of her late husband,, of what would be his 100th birthday. To mark the occasion, the queen planted a rose, grown and named after Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The pink rose, dubbed the “Duke of the Edinburgh Rose”, was grown by Harkness Roses and donated by the Royal Horticultural Society, of which the Queen is a patron, last week, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday. “He honors all the wonderful things he has done in his life and everyone remembers so much that he did,” said the president of the Queen’s Society.
The color is described as “deep pink, speckled with white lines”
With the Queen’s observation, the flower was planted on the pink border of the East Terrace Garden at her home in Windsor Castle, where she stayed for most of the coronavirus pandemic.
The royalties from each rose sold will go to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Heritage Fund, originally set up by Philip in 1956. It supports young people in more than 130 countries.
“The fund will enable another million young people, of all backgrounds and backgrounds, to receive the DofE award,” the palace said. “Each rose purchased will help create new DofE centers, deepen existing support and train thousands of other leaders and volunteers.”
“By purchasing this rose, you will also give another million young people the opportunity to make their DofE Award, so this rose is not only spectacular to look at, but will also raise money for a very worthy cause,” DofE Managing Director Philip Harkness stated in a statement.
Prince Philip died at the age of 99 on April 9, after a month-long hospital stay. He was married to the 95-year-old queen for more than seven decades and was the longest-serving royal husband.
Several members of the royal family honored the duke on Thursday to mark his centenary. Prince Charles, the couple’s eldest son, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, shared an image of two-year-old Charles holding his father’s hand after the Duke returned from a trip to Malta in 1951.
Princess Eugenie also shared an Instagram photo of the duke and queen together at her wedding in 2018, with the caption “Thinking of Grandpa for what would be his 100th birthday.”
Prince Edward, the couple’s youngest son, told BBC News that his father “did not want all the fuss and worries” about his birth stage.
“I don’t think he was really looking forward to the centenary, even if we were,” he said in his first funeral interview since his father.