A poignant, private photograph of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh has been released on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.
The picture shows the couple smiling together at the top of the Coyles of Muick near Balmoral in 2003.
The previously unseen image was taken by the Queen’s daughter-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and was posted on the Royal Family’s Twitter feed on Friday evening.
The picture shows the couple relaxing on the Aberdeenshire hillside during a family holiday, one of many the couple spent together there during their 73-year marriage.
Her Majesty is so fond of the beauty spot that she named one of her corgi puppies after it.
She is pictured on the grass wearing a tartan skirt, blouse and cardigan, while her husband props himself up with his elbow, his hat placed on his knee.
The Queen, 94, chose the image to release to the world as she prepared to say goodbye to the duke, who died aged 99 last Friday.
The Duke of Edinburgh was a loving husband and a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
The Queen and The Duke’s enduring marriage has seen them support each other through many years of Royal duties and raising a family together. pic.twitter.com/qEvDwNbBlm
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 16, 2021
It offers a more personal insight into the couple’s relationship, which spanned more than seven decades.
They also shared images of the customised Land Rover the prince designed to carry his coffin to Windsor on Saturday.
The Queen was last photographed driving in the grounds of Windsor Castle a week after Philip’s death, and was back at work on Friday receiving calls from General David Hurley, Governor-General of Australia, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
It is understood they were made by the national figures to convey their condolences to the Queen.