Queen Elizabeth II looks back on her life with her 73-year-old late husband Prince Philip – who died April 9 at 99 – ahead of his funeral on Saturday.
The monarch shared a throwback photo of herself and the Duke of Edinburgh sitting amid a sprawling landscape in Scotland as the happy couple smile.
In the cool old-school snap, which was taken by the couple’s daughter-in-law, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex – Philip is seen sitting to the Queen’s right and leaning towards Highland picnic style Scottish boy as he poses with beige bucket hat on his right knee.
For Queen Elizabeth II, the 94-year-old appears chipper in a green blouse and sweater jumpsuit wearing a red and dark plaid dress.
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“The Queen would like to share this private photograph taken with The Duke of Edinburgh atop the Coyles of Muick, Scotland in 2003,” the royal family said captioned a tweet view the photo on Friday – just hours before Philip was laid to rest at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
In a captioned photo affixed to the image’s post on Instagram, the Royal Family added: “Her Majesty and the Royal Family are grateful for all the messages of condolence from around the world and were touched to see and hear so many people sharing feelings memories of the duke, to celebrate his life. “
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Queen Elizabeth II was only 13 when she met Prince Philip, then 18, in 1939. After years of courting, the couple married in 1947 and the rest is history.
“The secret between their marriage was mutual respect, understanding and space,” True Royalty TV co-founder Nick Bullen told Fox News. “As Duke, Philippe knew he had to do his duty. He was always there for the Queen.”
Bullen added of the late Philip: “He spoke of being this real guardian around the Queen. He protected her, but also made her passage as Queen easier.”
The Queen made her first solo speech to residents of the Commonwealth of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday after experiencing a series of volcanic eruptions.
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“I have been saddened by the destruction and major disruption caused by the volcanic eruptions in recent days, and my thoughts are with the many individuals and families who were evacuated from their homes and whose livelihoods were affected,” he said. declared the queen in her speech. statement obtained by Fox News. “I extend my thanks to the emergency services and everyone involved in the relief effort.”
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“My prayers will remain with the people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at this very difficult time,” she added.
Fox News’s Jessica Napoli and Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.
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