Inside Prince Philip’s very romantic tradition on the Queen’s birthday

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It was the Queen’s 95th birthday this week, and the first one many years that she did not have her husband, the late Prince Philip, by her side.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on 9 April, at the age of 99, and his death has left “a huge void” in her life, revealed her son Prince Andrew.

But it has now emerged that Prince Philip was a true romantic, and used to give his wife the sweetest of gestures on the morning of her birthdays.

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According to an article published back in 1976 in the Montreal Gazette, the Queen’s husband would put a flower on her breakfast tray every birthday.

The article, which is over 45 years old, was posted on Twitter recently.

It was published in honour of the Queen’s 50th birthday, and shows us just how romantic the Duke really was.

It read: "Birthday morning, the queen will find a flower on her breakfast tray – a token her husband never forgets.

"There will be gifts from members of the family – her sons Prince Charles, heir to the throne, and Prince Andrew as well as Edward, her daughter, Princess Anne, wife of Capt. Mark Phillips, Queen Mother Elizabeth and others. There will be a family lunch.

"Among those expected at lunch is Princess Margaret, recently separated from the Earl of Snowdon.

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On 21 April, 12 days after the death of her husband of 73 years, the Queen released a statement thanking the public for their well-wishes.

She said: "I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate.

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"While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.

"My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness shown to us in recent days.

"We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life."

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