Queen Elizabeth II breaks this tradition after Prince Philip’s death: reports

Queen Elizabeth II breaks this tradition after Prince Philip's death: reports


Queen Elizabeth II does things her way.

The monarch is currently in mourning following the death of her husband, Prince Philip, at the age of 99.

In such a situation, tradition usually calls for the Queen, 94, to use black-edged stationery during her time of mourning, but according to several reports she will use a different personalized stationery instead.

According to People magazine, the royal’s stationery will feature its own black crest. Usually the crest is red.

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The outlet reports that the change could be a nod to Philip’s famous pragmatic attitude and more modern funerary design, which featured his casket traveling in a Land Rover with the Windsor Castle ceremony, where none eulogy was not delivered.

Queen Elizabeth II will not use black-edged stationery during her mourning period, as tradition dictates, but will use personalized stationery with her crest in black.

Queen Elizabeth II will not use black-edged stationery during her mourning period, as tradition dictates, but will use personalized stationery with her crest in black.
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Other royals including Prince Charles, Camila, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate Middleton will follow the tradition and use black-edged stationery.

According to People, the use of these stationery was popular in the 19th century and was followed by Queen Victoria after the death of her husband, Prince Albert, in 1861.

Envelopes matching the stationery with a thick black border are used as a sign of mourning.

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Despite the break from the norm, the Queen stuck to the tradition of sending Philip a final handwritten note on the black-edged stationery, which was included in a bouquet of flowers at his funeral.

Charles, now 72, has followed the tradition in the past, especially after the death of his grandmother and queen mother in 2002.

Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip died earlier this month at the age of 99 (AP Photo / Matt Dunham, on file)

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip died earlier this month at the age of 99 (AP Photo / Matt Dunham, on file)
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The new stationery with the black crest is expected to be used by the Queen in response to wishes, sympathies and condolences extended to her following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death on April 9.

Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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After 73 years of marriage, the day of Philip’s funeral was understandably moving for Elizabeth, who was pictured wiping away a tear at her late husband’s funeral.

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Although the Queen is known for not showing too much emotion in public, a chance photo taken by the Royal Central grabbed the Queen in the back of her black Bentley as she walked out of the ward calmly wiping a tear away after saying goodbye to her partner.

Fox News’s Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report



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