The Queen has just enjoyed four days of spectacular celebrations for her platinum anniversary – but today is likely to be a very bittersweet day
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Last week saw spectacular scenes across the country as people celebrated the Queen’s platinum jubilee.
Although she was unable to attend all of the events, her family came together to represent her and stood by her for her performances on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
However, one person who was unable to share in Her Majesty’s joy at reaching 70 years on the throne was her late husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99.
And it’s likely that the monarch’s thoughts will be with her 73-year-old husband today as she faces a bittersweet day – as today would have been Philip’s 101st birthday.
Philip was born on June 10, 1921 in Corfu, Greece, but his family were banished from the country when he was just 18 months old.
He married the Queen in November 1947 and together they had four children – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
After a long and eventful life, he passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle with his loving wife at his side last April, just a few months short of his 100th birthday.
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But although the Queen wasn’t there to attend last weekend’s celebrations, it appears the Queen wanted to nod to her husband during their appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Sunday.
During the performance, Her Majesty was joined on the balcony by Charles and Camilla, as well as Prince William, wife Kate and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
For the occasion, she wore a gorgeous coat dress and hat by Stewart Parvin in a bright green color that made her stand out.
However, if you look closely, you’ll see that the hat also had a poignant embellishment on the front – a black mourning pin.
These lapel pins are traditionally worn by members of the royal family after a death.
Meanwhile, Charles also paid tribute to his “much missed dad” in a speech at the Platinum Party at the Palace event outside Buckingham Palace.
He made the sweet remark in front of a crowd of 22,000 as he paid tribute to the Queen during the star-studded anniversary concert.
While paying tribute to his “mom,” he said, “On behalf of all of us, I wanted to pay my own tribute to your lifetime of selfless service
“Her family now spans four generations. You are our head of state. And you are our mother too.
“Your ‘strength and perseverance’ will be greatly missed tonight but I’m sure he’s here in spirit…
“My dad would have enjoyed the show and wholeheartedly joined us in celebrating all you continue to do for your country and your people.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/queen-faces-bittersweet-day-just-27192351 Just a week after celebrating her platinum anniversary, Queen faces a bittersweet day