Queen shares favourite picture of Prince Philip ahead of late Duke’s funeral

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A day ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip, the late Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty the Queen has shared her favourite picture of herself with the lifelong companion she described as "her strength and her stay".

The royal couple are pictured as they are rarely seen – relaxing together away from public duties and enjoying the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands.

Looking completely at ease and smiling warmly at the photographer, Philip and the Queen relax on the grass at the Coyles of Muick, a beauty spot near the town of Ballater in Aberdeenshire.

The Duke lies back on a rug, propping himself up on his left elbow and has placed his hat at a jaunty angle on his right knee.

Beaming at the Countess of Wessex – who took the picture in 2003 – the Queen, dressed in a tartan skirt, blouse and cardigan and a string of pearls, also sits on a rug.

With the sun blazing down, the picture is likely taken when the couple were enjoying their traditional summer break at the Queen's nearby private estate of Balmoral.

The image reflects the private face of the Queen and her husband and gives an insight into how the Queen will remember her husband of 73 years.

Coyles of Muick stands above the entrance to Glen Muick and rewards walkers with an uninterrupted view to the mountain of Lochnagar.

The area is clearly a favourite spot for the Queen as she has named a corgi puppy, recently given to the monarch, Muick and it has a corgi puppy playmate called Fergus – another Scottish name.

It has been painted by the Prince of Wales whose Scottish summer retreat of Birkhall is close to the area where the Queen and Philip were photographed.

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The last picture of Her Majesty the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh was released by Buckingham Palace in November last year.

It showed the royal couple seated on a sofa in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle, reading a card made for them by their great-grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

In what some royal-watchers interpreted as a symbol of their long and happy marriage Her Majesty wore a chrysanthemum brooch, made from sapphires and diamonds set in platinum.

She had been seen sporting the same brooch in photographs taken on their honeymoon at Broadlands in Hampshire in 1947.

Sadly, the couple spent little time together in Philip’s final months, as a consequence of lockdown keeping them apart.

But there’s no doubt that they remained devoted to each other, as they had been when in 1946 the late Duke proclaimed himself to have "fallen in love completely and unreservedly" with the young women who would one day become his wife and our Queen.

In 2012, when Her Majesty gave her Diamond Jubilee address to Parliament at Westminster Hall, she said that their love was as strong as ever: "During these years as your Queen, the support of my family has, across the generations, been beyond measure.

"Prince Philip is, I believe, well-known for declining compliments of any kind. But throughout he has been a constant strength and guide."

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