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Farewell to a dear husband – The Queen shares her favourite photo of Prince Philip as she prepares to say goodbye

The Queen has shared a favourite picture of the Duke of Edinburgh as she prepares to say a final farewell to her husband of 73 years.

The image, from her private collection, shows her and Prince Philip on one of their regular stays at Balmoral.

Taken at the beauty spot, Coyles of Muick, the photo captures the two sharing a happy moment on a sunny afternoon in 2003. It was taken by the Countess of Wessex.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in a favourite photo (image by The Countess of Wessex)

The photo shows the pair relaxed, smiling and clearly delighted in each other’s company.

It was shared as the Royal Family ended a week of tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh on its social media accounts with a series of photos marking his long marriage to The Queen. One message alongside the images said ”The Queen and The Duke’s enduring marriage has seen them support each other through many years of Royal duties and raising a family together.”

On April 17th 2021, The Queen will lead mourners at The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. The ceremony, at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, starts at 3pm.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9th 2021 at Windsor Castle. He was 99 years old.

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Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.