Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Thursday.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who spent more than seven decades supporting his wife, died on 9 April at the age of 99.
On Thursday, a source from Buckingham Palace told People magazine that the ruling monarch, who has been staying at Windsor Castle amid the coronavirus pandemic, will spend the gloomy day “privately”.
The outlet said the 95-year-old has “quietly” handled the loss of her beloved husband for 73 years.
The couple married in 1947 and remained together until his death. The Queen has described Philip, who became Britain̵
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“There were some things they had to deal with together that were difficult, but it was a long marriage with great joy,” said Charles Anson, the Queen’s former press secretary. “He took very seriously his role in supporting the Queen as monarch.”
Anson insisted that Elizabeth would not be alone as she remembers Philip behind the palace doors.
“She has a huge amount of family support for her and will also comfort herself with the huge support from around the world,” he said.
Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Elizabeth marked what would have been Philip’s 100th birthday with the planting of a newly bred rose named after him.
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She was pictured smiling as she accepted the small rose bush, wrapped in brown paper and yarn, from the president of the Royal Horticultural Society.
The rose, which is deep pink and dappled with white lines, was newly bred after Philips’ death on April 9 at Windsor Castle.
For every rose sold, the company Harkness Roses will donate £ 2.50 ($ 3.50) to a fund that aims to help one million more young people from all backgrounds participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, a popular youth award program created by Philip in 1956.
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The couple’s youngest child, Prince Edward, told the BBC the royal family would have “loved” the chance Philip could experience his centenary, even though his late father would have avoided “all the fuss and fuss.”
“I don’t think he was really looking forward to the centenary, even though we were,” the 57-year-old said. “[But] everyone wants their own memories. He was that kind of bigger person than life. Once greeted, never forgotten. “
Philip’s funeral took place a little over a week after his death. Participants in St.George’s Chapel were restricted to only 30 people due to coronavirus restrictions at the time. Gripping, Elizabeth sat alone on one side of the chapel.
Edward reflected on his father’s funeral in the midst of the pandemic, saying it was an “extraordinary” but “strange” day.
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The couple’s eldest son, Prince Charles, honored his late father on Thursday with a social media post on his Instagram account, which he shares with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
It showed a young Charles holding his father’s hand when Philip, wearing a bold double-breasted suit and sunglasses, greeted him after returning from a trip to Malta in 1951.
“To remember the Duke of Edinburgh on what would have been his 100th birthday,” the post said.
Camilla, who opened the British Flowers Week exhibition during a visit to the Garden Museum, also received a bouquet containing rosemary – a sign of remembrance in honor of Philip.
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During his lifetime, Philip spent his life in royal service, undertook tens of thousands of engagements, and accompanied the Queen on official visits to some 140 countries. He retired from royal duties in 2017 at the age of 96.
Philip survived the queen and their four children – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – as well as eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.