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Last official picture of Prince Philip and smiling Queen as Duke dies aged 99

The final official photograph of Prince Philip and the Queen shows them both smiling happily together before their wedding anniversary.

Following the sad death of the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle this morning, the touching photograph taken in November resurfaced.

In the image Philip can be seen looking down at a handmade Christmas card, sent to him and the Queen by his great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louise.

He has a huge smile across his face as he looks down at the card, which has colourful circles on the front.

The Queen sits on the grey sofa behind him, a smile also spread across her face, in the Oak Room of Windsor Castle, Berkshire, where they shielded in the final months of Philip’s life.

The photograph of the touching moment was taken ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh and his wife’s 73rd wedding anniversary.

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The couple were also photographed together on their diamond wedding anniversary
The couple were also photographed together on their diamond wedding anniversary

For the occasion the Queen wore a broach which she was first seen wearing during their honeymoon at Broadlands in Hampshire.

A small pile of anniversary cards and letters sent by well-wishers can be seen stacked on a coffee table nearby.

The Duke of Edinburgh had been reunited with the Queen weeks before his death after a 28 night stay at a London hospital.

Having recently been treated for a pre-existing heart condition and an infection, his death came just two months before his 100th birthday.

Philip and the Queen shortly after their engagement in 1947
Philip and the Queen shortly after their engagement in 1947

Philip made his last official appearance in July 2020
Philip made his last official appearance in July 2020

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

A framed plaque containing the statement was placed on the metal fence at the Palace, where the Union Jack flag was lowered to half mast.

It is expected the Duke will be buried in Frogmore Gardens following a small family service at St George’s Chapel.

Philip retired from public duty in 2017 and made his last official appearance in July 2020 at Windsor Castle.

Greece-born Philip was the third longest-living British royal, behind Princess Alice, who died aged 102 in 2004, and the Queen Mother, who was 101 when she died in 2002, and had been married to the Queen for 73 years.



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