Prince Philip photo: The secret meaning behind jacket in new picture with QueenJune 10, 2020
While Buckingham Palace isn’t sharing any details of what Prince Philip might be doing on his birthday, he unfortunately won’t have any visitors due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The royal pair have been self isolating at Windsor with a selection of staff, who have been working on rotation throughout the pandemic.
In a newly released picture, the Queen and Prince Philip stand side by side in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle, where they have been self isolating since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis in the UK.
The Queen is wearing a yellow floral-patterned dress, designed by her stylist and dresser Angela Kelly, with the Cullinan V diamond brooch.
Prince Philip is pictured wearing a blazer and his Household Division tie, and it is the first time the prince has been pictured since he left hospital shortly before Christmas last year.
According to Sky’s royal commentator Alastair Bruce, the jacket is one of Prince Philip’s and is special to him as it was given to him by a close friend.
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He said: “The Duke of Edinburgh has frequently chosen to wear his Grenadier Guards boating jacket, which is the name given to a blazer in the Household Division.
“This one is special because it was left to Prince Philip by his long-time friend Lieutenant Colonel Sir Eric Penn.”
Sir Eric Penn was a British Army hero in World War II who later organized ceremonial events for Queen Elizabeth II and her family.
He was knighted in 1972, won the Military Cross for leading the nighttime capture of a German machine-gun position outside Rome.
His uncle was an advisor to King George VI, and he helped organise the weddings of Princess Margaret and Princess Anne, as well as the funerals of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Earl Mountbatten.
After retiring from the Army in 1960, he held the titles of Assistant Comptroller and then Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office, until 1981, both of which are important parts of the royal household.
He continued: “Sir Eric had been to auctions to gather a button from every reign back to King William IV. The regiment’s button changes with every reign, as it includes the monarch’s cypher.
“When Sir Eric explained the buttons to Prince Philip, who was Colonel of the Grenadiers, His Royal Highness jokingly asked to be given it when he died.
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“When Sir Eric did die, his widow took the garment and a diagram showing where every button should go.
“It was a few days before the Queen’s birthday parade, much like today, and Lady Penn was received by Prince Philip who was wearing his bearskin cap and a vest.
“The prince tried it on and, apart from the sleeve length it was a perfect fit. He has worn it as a favourite ever since.”
He added: “The prince also wears the Household Division tie because he served first as a colonel with the Welsh Guards, whose year to Troop their Colour this was to be.
“He went on to be colonel of the Grenadier Guards and was, for many years, senior colonel of the Household Division.”
Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s official public birthday celebrations, has been cancelled this year due to coronavirus.
However, a smaller, socially distanced tribute is due to take at Windsor for the Queen this week.
Prince Philip has scarcely been seen in public since he retired in 2017, having completed some 21,000 royal duties since his wife came to the throne in 1952.
He is the longest-serving consort in British history and the oldest serving partner of a reigning monarch.
The Duke issued a rare statement in April thanking key workers who were keeping essential services running during the pandemic.
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