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This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of Prince Philip’s death, with the Duke of Edinburgh sadly passing away on 9 April 2021.
A statement from Buckingham Palace announced the news at the time:
‘It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
‘His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
‘The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.’
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip‘s 73-year marriage was the longest in British royal history. And it was a sweet anecdote surrounding Prince Philip’s wedding present to The Queen ahead of their 1947 nuptials that resurfaced and went viral this weekend.
The gift in question – a very special piece of jewellery.
The Duke of Edinburgh gave Queen Elizabeth a diamond bracelet, a piece of jewellery that is known to be one of the Monarch’s favourite ever pieces, referred to as ‘The Queen’s Wedding Bracelet’.
But why is the bracelet so special? Well, other than marking their wedding milestone, the piece of jewellery has a link to Prince Philip’s mother, with Princess Alice of Battenberg giving her son diamonds from her tiara to make Queen Elizabeth a piece of jewellery. Prince Philip then designed the bracelet himself, giving it to his bride on their wedding day.
This is lovely.