Prince Philip’s wedding gift to the Queen had a very special meaning behind it

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    Buckingham Palace has confirmed the tragic news that Prince Philip passed away this morning, aged 99.

    ‘It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,’ Buckingham Palace announced in a statement today.

    ‘His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.’

    Royal family members including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have been among the first to share tributes to the much-loved royal.

    Also sharing photographs and tributes are members of the public, with sweet videos and anecdotes of the Duke of Edinburgh resurfacing.

    Among them was a sweet anecdote surrounding Prince Philip’s wedding present to Queen Elizabeth ahead of their 1947 wedding day – a very special piece of jewellery.

    The Duke of Edinburgh gave Queen Elizabeth a diamond bracelet, a piece of jewellery that is known to be one of the Monarch’s favourite ever pieces, referred to as ‘The Queen’s Wedding Bracelet’.

    But why is the bracelet so special? Well, other than marking their wedding milestone, the piece of jewellery has a link to Prince Philip’s mother, with Princess Alice of Battenberg giving her son diamonds from her tiara to make Queen Elizabeth a piece of jewellery. Prince Philip then designed the bracelet himself, giving it to his bride on their wedding day.

    This is lovely.

    Our thoughts are with the royal family at this tragic time.

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