The 'raw' reminder of Prince Philip the Queen is preparing to face after bittersweet decision

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks on during a visit to the Science Museum on March 07, 2019 in London, England
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The Queen has reportedly given her approval for prized artefacts to be featured in an exhibition in celebration of Prince Philip’s life and their 73-year marriage, though it's said to be “all a bit raw” coming so soon after losing him. 

The Queen is said to have 'signed off' on a poignant exhibition at Windsor Castle that will celebrate the life of her late husband, Prince Philip, as well as their 73-year-long marriage. The Duke of Edinburgh won the Queen’s heart throughout their many happy years together and the Queen and Royal Family were left devastated when he passed away in April. Though his death has not changed the royal line of succession, it has changed the monarchy as we know it. 

Following the official period of royal mourning for Prince Philip, the Queen returned to royal duties. Now she has reportedly given her approval for a new exhibition in honour of him. 

HM The Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh re-visit Broadlands, to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on November 20

According to The Sun, Her Majesty has agreed to release treasured artefacts for a display that will showcase their wedding, his naval career and charity work, as well as his love of carriage racing. This was a passion he shared with his granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor and he left his riding carriage and two ponies to her.

The exhibition was allegedly originally planned to mark what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday in June. Now it's been suggested that this new display happening so soon after losing Philip is "raw" for the Queen, but she approved it for a very important reason. 

“They are expecting massive numbers of visitors”, an insider claimed. “They’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Queen’s generosity and what she’s agreed to be used.

"Even though it’s all a bit raw coming so soon after she said goodbye, the Queen considers it part of history.”

Queen Elizabeth II talks to military personnel during a visit to HMS Queen Elizabeth at HM Naval Base ahead of the ship's maiden deployment on May 22, 2021 in Portsmouth, England

No exhibition in honour of Prince Philip has officially been confirmed, though the Queen’s respect and love for her husband and his legacy is well-known. She recently paid a touching tribute to him with a sweet outfit detail as she visited Portsmouth to bid farewell to HMS Queen Elizabeth ahead of its maiden voyage. 

For this important engagement, Her Majesty wore a stunning Scarab brooch that she received as a gift from Philip back in 1966. This is not the first time she honoured him in this way, wearing the same brooch in a portrait celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.

It's very moving to see the Queen keeping Prince Philip’s memory alive in these deeply personal ways. 

Emma Shacklock
Senior Lifestyle Writer

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home,, and My Imperfect Life.