(AP) — Queen Elizabeth II
has planted a newly bred rose named after her late husband, Prince Philip
, on what would have been his 100th birthday.
The monarch observed the Duke of Edinburgh Rose, which was planted in the gardens of Windsor Castle last week to commemorate Philip's centennial on Thursday.
She could be seen smiling as she accepted the small rose bush wrapped in brown paper and twine from the president
of the Royal Horticultural Society.
Following Philip's death
9 at Windsor Castle, the rose, which is deep pink
and dappled with white lines, was newly bred.
Harkness Roses will donate £2.50 ($3.50) for every rose sold to a fund aimed at assisting a million more young people
from all backgrounds to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards, a popular youth
award program founded by Philip in 1956.
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 the age of 25; their marriage lasted 73 years, making Philip Britain's longest-serving consort.
He dedicated his life to royal service, accepting tens of thousands of engagements and accompanying the queen on official visits to more than 140 countries before retiring in 2017 at the age of 96.