Royal family remembers "Grandpa" Philip on his 100th birthday

London, UK – The royal family has paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh on the day he would have turned 100.

Prince Philip would have turned 100 on June 10, 2021.
Prince Philip would have turned 100 on June 10, 2021.  © IMAGO / Starface

Philip, the nation's longest serving consort, died on April 9, just nine weeks before his milestone centenary.

Princess Eugenie wrote on Instagram: "Thinking of Grandpa on what would have been his 100th birthday."

The princess shared an image of her grandparents, Philip and the Queen together at her 2018 wedding, as they stood smiling outside St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

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Clarence House posted a black and white archive photograph of a two-year-old Charles holding his father's hand as Philip, wearing a dapper double-breasted suit and sunglasses, greeted him after returning home from a trip to Malta in 1951.

The young Charles, who had gone to London Airport to meet his father, led Philip by the hand as they walked away from the Viking Aircraft of the King's Flight. The duke had just handed over his command of the frigate, Magpie.

"Remembering The Duke of Edinburgh, on what would have been his 100th birthday," the post on the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall's official Instagram account said.

It also included an image of Philip at Windsor in July 2020 after the ceremony to transfer his role as colonel-in-chief of The Rifles to Camilla.

The Queen planted a special rose in honor of her late husband

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip married on November 20, 1947 (archive image).
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip married on November 20, 1947 (archive image).  © IMAGO / ZUMA/Keystone

The Earl of Wessex, however, told CNN that his father was "incredibly self-effacing" and probably would not have wanted the hassle of celebrating turning 100.

Edward said: "I don't think he ever really necessarily wanted to reach his centenary because I just think he thought there would be too much fuss and that wasn't him, that was just not him at all."

US First Lady Jill Biden said she and husband President Joe Biden were "holding the entire Royal Family in our hearts."

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The Bidens are preparing to visit the Queen at Windsor Castle on Sunday. The First Lady tweeted: "We are holding the entire Royal Family in our hearts today, and wishing them peace and comfort on what would have been Prince Philip's 100th birthday."

The Queen poignantly marked the occasion with the planting of a newly-bred rose named after her beloved late husband.

The monarch received the gift from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and watched it placed in the Windsor Castle gardens last week. She described the Duke of Edinburgh Rose, which is deep pink, dappled with white lines and double-flowered, as "lovely" and the tribute as "very kind."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also commemorated the anniversary, with their Twitter account posting: "Today we remember His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, on what would have been his 100th birthday."

Royal family members shared stories of Prince Philip's life

Prince Philip died on April 9. His funeral at Windsor Castle took place on April 17.
Prince Philip died on April 9. His funeral at Windsor Castle took place on April 17.  © IMAGO / i Images

The Princess Royal reminisced about her father's life-long passion for engineering in an interview with ITV News and mentioned the special barbecue kit, transported in a Land Rover trailer, he had built for family holidays at Balmoral.

She said: "The trailer was designed specifically for that role. It was actually made by the engineer at Sandringham but it was designed entirely for that purpose and everything had a place, and you needed to know where that was ... and then it worked, really well!"

Anne said the duke's passion for engineering began during the war years on board Royal Navy ships: "Anybody who goes through Royal Navy training and spends time on a ship, and you have to mend and make do, make things work, and be practical and adjust. It's not a bad background for looking at things."

And she reflected on how his background had made him an inquisitive person: "I think your life experience makes a huge impact. He'd seen a lot of it and across a really wide area of both work and industry and in academia so, yes... He probably asked more questions than he gave opinions. He was always good at that."

The Duchess of Cornwall paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh and her father when she was presented with a bouquet, which included rosemary, symbolic of remembrance, during a visit to the Garden Museum on London's South Bank.

The duchess said: "I'm thrilled to be here today. It would have been the birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh and tomorrow would be the day of the death of my father and I'm very honoured to be here today, doing something I know they would have appreciated."

Camilla's father, Major Bruce Shand, was a wine merchant who served with the 12th Lancers during World War II.

He was awarded the Military Cross in 1940 and again in 1942 for his efforts in France and was later wounded and taken prisoner while fighting in North Africa. He died died on June 11, 2006, aged 89.

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