The Queen has spent the last two months grieving the loss of her loyal husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 on April 9. This week, to honour what would have been the Duke’s centenary on June 10, the Queen received a special gift from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in Philip’s memory. The Queen watched as a new deep pink and double-flowered rose, the Duke of Edinburgh Rose, was planted in the gardens of Windsor Castle.
The new flower was planted at the rose border of the East Terrace Garden, a spot which had particular significance for Prince Philip as he played a key role in the redesign of the garden’s layout and commissioned the installation of a bronze lotus fountain at the site.
The spot where the rose is planted is also particularly poignant for the Queen, as the Queen and Prince Philip spent a lot of time together at Windsor in the Duke’s final months.
The couple were in residence at Windsor Castle during much of the UK lockdown with a limited number of staff, a set-up dubbed ‘HMS Bubble’.
As well as being a beautiful tribute to the late Duke, the new rose will also benefit charitable causes.
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RHS president Keith Weed told the Queen: “It’s a rose named the Duke of Edinburgh Rose to mark his centenary and it’s a commemorative rose for all the marvellous things that he did over his lifetime and for everyone to remember so much that he did.
“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.”
The Queen described the flower as “lovely” and the tribute as “very kind”.
Royal fans have spoken out on social media about the floral tribute to the late Duke and the significance of the planting of the rose at Windsor.
The Duke of Edinburgh Rose is available to purchase online via the Harkness Roses website here.
Gardeners can pre-order several rose products in time for delivery in the autumn months.
A potted and gift-wrapped Duke of Edinburgh Rose costs £20.99, while a simple potted rose is available for £16.99.
A Duke of Edinburgh Rose Gardeners Pack is available to purchase for £70.