LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has marked what would have been her husband Prince Philip’s 100th birthday with the planting of a newly bred rose named after him.

The monarch watched the Duke of Edinburgh Rose planted in the Windsor Castle gardens last week to commemorate Philip’s centenary Thursday.

She was pictured smiling as she accepted the small rose bush, wrapped in brown paper and twine, from the Royal Horticultural Society’s president.

Our President, @keithweed, was delighted to present Her Majesty The Queen, our Patron, with a commemorative Duke of Edinburgh Rose at Windsor Castle last week to mark what would have been His Royal Highness’s 100th birthday today 🌹 @RoyalFamilyImages: PA Media

— The RHS (@The_RHS) June 10, 2021

The rose, which is deep pink and dappled with white lines, was newly bred following Philip’s death on April 9 at Windsor Castle.

For every rose sold, the company Harkness Roses will donate 2.50 pounds ($3.50) to a fund aiming to help a million more young people from all backgrounds take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, a popular youth award program set up by Philip in 1956.

The deep-pink commemorative rose has been bred by @harkness_roses.Donations from purchases of the rose will go towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s Living Legacy fund @DofE

— The RHS (@The_RHS) June 10, 2021

Philip, who was born on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921, married then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947 ― five years before she became queen at age 25. Their marriage lasted 73 years, making Philip Britain’s longest-serving consort. The queen has called her husband her “strength and stay” in public.

He devoted his life to royal service, taking on tens of thousands of engagements and accompanying the queen on official visits to some 140 countries. He retired from royal duties in 2017, at age 96.

Today we remember His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, on what would have been his 100th birthday.Last week, The Queen was gifted a Duke of Edinburgh rose by @The_RHS, of which Her Majesty is Patron.Visit @RoyalFamily to see more🌹

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