By Megan Slack
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has created a new double-flowered rose to mark what would have been Prince Phillip's 100th birthday on June 10th, 2021. The Duke of Edinburgh Rose was given as a gift to Queen Elizabeth II, who observed its planting in the gardens at Windsor Castle last week.
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Philip Carter, Windsor Castle's head gardener, planted the new dark pink shrub in front of the rose border in the East Terrace Garden while the Queen observed the process.
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Harkness Roses, which has created blooms since the mid-nineteenth century, were responsible for breeding the flower.
In memoriam of the Duke, they announced they would donate £2.50 to The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Living Legacy Fund for every rose sold. The charity offers young people from all backgrounds to work towards an award that boosts young people's aspirations in 144 nations worldwide.
There is no more suitable place for the new rose to bloom than Windsor Castle – the same gardens Prince Philip designed in 1971. Throughout the 1970s, the Duke worked on the garden redesign and planted over 3,500 rose bushes – and now the newly-bred rose marks his legacy on these very grounds.
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The Duke passed away at Windsor on April 9th, 2021, and his funeral took place at St George's Chapel on the castle grounds.
Sources report that the RHS president Keith Weed had told the Queen that the rose was a tribute to the Duke on his centenary. He added how the flower would help people remember the many things the Duke did throughout his 99-year long life. The Queen described the rose as 'lovely' and announced the tribute was 'very kind.'
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The Duke of Edinburgh rose is not the first time a British monarch has had a flower named in their honor. We can trace the tradition back to the 18th century when Queen Victoria Lobelia was named after Queen Victoria. Plus, plants named Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana have paid tribute to more recent royals.
The Duke of Edinburgh rose is available from Harkness Roses. Prices begin at £12.99 ($18.38).
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