As Queen Elizabeth and royal family members honor Prince Philip on what would have been his 100th birthday, find out how she subtly paid homage to the late Duke of Edinburgh

By Monique Jessen
June 10, 2021 01:17 PM
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Queen Elizabeth meeting with the Ambassador from the Republic of South Sudan on June 8
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Queen Elizabeth may be publicly keeping mum as she continues to privately mourn Prince Philip, but the jewelry she chose for a recent meeting spoke volumes about how the monarch is holding her late husband of 73 years close to her heart.

During a virtual meeting with Ms. Agnes Oswaha, Ambassador from the Republic of South Sudan, on Tuesday, the Queen accessorized a floral dress with the Onslow Butterfly Brooch, a piece of jewelry that has only been seen in public three times in the last decade.

The diamond and ruby brooch, in the shape of a butterfly was a gift from Dowager Countess of Onslow to the Queen at her 1947 wedding to the late Duke of Edinburgh. The timing of its re-emergence was symbolic just two days before what would have been the 100th birthday of the Queen's husband Prince Philip, who died on April 9.

Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
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The brooch was last seen in August 2019 when the Queen attended a church service in Balmoral. Prior to that, she wore it in Norfolk for a meeting at the Sandringham's Women's Institute in January 2012 and back in 2010 she wore it to receive President Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda at Buckingham Palace.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in Nov. 2020
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The Queen often chooses her jewelry to pay homage to a certain person or occasion. In a romantic nod to her husband, the Queen celebrated their most recent wedding anniversary last November by wearing her Chrysanthemum Brooch, a sapphire and diamond pin she wore for a series of portraits taken with him on their honeymoon in 1947.

On Wednesday it was revealed that the Queen accepted a special rose from the Royal Horticultural Society, the U.K.'s leading gardening charity, in honor of her husband's centenary.

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Planted in the gardens at Windsor Castle in his memory, a portion of the money raised from sales of the Duke of Edinburgh Rose sold will go to The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Living Legacy Fund.

The monarch, who has been staying at Windsor Castle amid the pandemic, will be marking Philip's birthday "privately," a palace source told PEOPLE.