Queen beams alongside Prince Philip for his official 99th birthday portrait


THE Duke of Edinburgh turns 99 tomorrow — and the Queen wore a heart-shaped diamond brooch for his birthday portrait.

The couple, married for 72 years, have been together for the past 12 weeks at Windsor Castle after the Duke left his home at Sandringham, Norfolk, for the lockdown.

The Queen wore a heart-shaped diamond brooch for Prince Philip’s birthday portrait

The royal couple have been married for over 72 years

The Queen and Prince Philip, seen here in 2007, have been in lockdown together in Windsor Castle

It is thought Prince Philip will spend part of tomorrow on video calls to friends and family as the royal couple continue their quarantine.

The Queen’s brooch is one of a number of stones cut from the famous 3,106-carat Cullinan — the largest gem-quality diamond ever found, mined in South Africa.

But the only bling for Philip was gold buttons on his blazer.

The Duke was born in 1921 on Corfu into the Greek and Danish royal families, but his family were exiled when he was a child.

In April, classy Prince Philip came out of retirement to show his support for Britain with a moving public statement.

The Duke Of Edinburgh delivered a heartfelt thank you to key workers who are keeping the country going throughout the pandemic.

Philip, who retired from public duties in 2017, thanked Britain’s key workers in his statement.

He said: “As we approach World Immunisation Week, I wanted to recognise the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic.

Her Majesty has described the Duke of Edinburgh as her ‘constant strength’

The couple got engaged in 1947 after Her Majesty was said to have been struck by Philip’s ‘Viking’ good looks and sportsmanship

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and their children Princess Anne and Prince Charles at Balmoral, Scotland, in the 1950s

“By those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from Covid-19.

“On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues.

“The staff and volunteers working in food production and distribution, those keeping postal and delivery services going, and those ensuring the rubbish continues to be collected.”

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The future Queen married Philip at Westminster Abbey in 1947

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In full regalia at the State Opening of Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, during their 1977 Silver Jubilee tour

Prince Philip stood down from public engagements after 70 years of Royal service

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Cheery salutes from the Queen, holding a young Prince Edward, husband Philip, Prince Andrew, Prince Charles and Princess Anne from the steps of royal retreat Frogmore House in Windsor in April 1965