Prince Philip: Sophie Wessex discusses Duke’s final moments
The Queen, 94, has this evening shared one of her most cherished photographs of herself alongside her late husband – taken by Sophie two decades ago. The heart-warming image shows the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh relaxing outdoors in the glorious sunshine, in a rare moment away from the public spotlight.
The unseen picture captures the Queen and Philip beaming a huge smile as they sit beside one another on the green grass, with the stunning Scottish Highlands in the background.
The Duke, with his face drenched in sunlight, is seen effortlessly lying back on a rug, propping himself up on his left elbow.
So relaxed his hat is perfectly balanced on top of his right knee.
The Queen, smiling from ear-to-ear, is also sat on a rug to the Duke’s left and is wearing a tartan skirt, blouse and cardigan.
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Prince Philip and the Queen in 2003
Sophie took the adorable photograph during a family visit to the Coyles of Muick, a beauty spot near the town of Ballater in Aberdeenshire.
The moment is thought to have been during the Queen’s traditional summer getaway to Balmoral.
The Queen and Prince Philip enjoyed annual visits to famous residence in Scotland throughout their 73-year marriage.
A royal hand behind the camera is something royal watchers have become accustomed to with the Duchess of Cambridge in recent years.
Sophie took the photo of the Queen and Prince Philip in 2003
Sophie, Lady Louise and Prince Edward visited the floral tributes in Windsor
Kate is a keen amateur photographer and is regularly seen taking her own snaps of special family occasions, including the birthdays of her three children.
The Duchess also launched her own photography competition to capture the contrasting emotions felt during the coronavirus pandemic.
The 39-year-old started the Hold Still project during the first wave of coronavirus last Spring in order to capture the “spirit, the mood, the hopes, the fears and the feelings of the nation”.
The UK-wide project was completed in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, of which Kate is a patron, and 100 winners were selected to go on display from more than 30,000 submissions.
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The Duchess of Cambridge is a keen photographer
Sophie and Kate will be among just 30 mourners, due to Covid restrictions, who will be allowed to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
Sophie, her husband Prince Edward and their eldest child, Lady Louise, visited the floral tributes dedicated to Philip around Windsor on Friday.
The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle on Friday, April 9.
Sophie led the Royal Family’s public tributes and told Sky News “the Queen has been amazing”, as she left Windsor Castle by car last Saturday.
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The route of the funeral procession
Sophie and Edward also attended a service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints last Sunday.
After the service, an emotional Countess of Wessex provided an insight into Prince Philip’s final moments.
Sophie said “It was right for him and you know, it was so gentle.
“It was like someone took him by the hand, and then he went.
“Very, very peaceful, and that’s all you want for somebody, isn’t it?”