On Saturday April 9, 2022, it has been exactly one year since Prince Philip died. The husband of Queen Elizabeth II of England, 95, died at the age of 99 on April 9, 2021. To commemorate the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, the British royal family shared a poem on social networks. This is a melancholy poem written by English poet and laureate Simon Armitage. On the Twitter account The Royal Family, we can read in title: “In memory of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh on the occasion of the first anniversary of his death”. As well as ; “‘The Patriarchs – An Elegy’ by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage”.
Remembering His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on the first anniversary of his death. Find out more about his life and legacy at: https://t.co/6tFq2vjyNkWords: ‘The Patriarchs – An Elegy’ by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage pic.twitter.com/WpB2L6D75K
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2022
The eulogy is shared as a video on the Royal Family’s Twitter page. Poet Simon Armitage himself read the poem with background music played on the piano. The video montage is made up of magnificent black and white photos retracing the life of Prince Philip. We can also see images from his wedding and in connection with the birth of his children. The poem that the British royal family shared on social media is a tribute to the military career of the late husband of Queen Elizabeth II of England.
A poem already shared at Prince Philip’s funeral
If the video montage shared on Saturday April 9, 2022 is new, the poem “The Patriarchs – An Elegy” has already been published last year. Sure enough, the poem was first published on the day of Prince Philip’s funeral. Remember that the funeral of the husband of Queen Elizabeth of England had to be organized in a small committee, restrictions due to the health context oblige. During the funeral, Queen Elizabeth found herself sitting alone in Windsor Chapel.
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For her part, Prince Philip’s widow, Elizabeth II marked the anniversary of the Duke’s death privately, but she is also said to have planned a special tribute for the occasion. In addition, the 95-year-old sovereign was present during her late husband’s Thanksgiving service on March 29, 2022, despite her state of health. The ceremony was held at Westminster Abbey where all members of the British royal family were present except the family of the Duke of Edinburgh’s grandson, that of Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40 years.
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