Queen shares poignant photo on first Father’s Day without Prince Philip

The Royal Family shared a photo from 1951 to mark Father's Day. (Royal FamilyTwitter)
The Royal Family shared a photo from 1951 to mark Father's Day. (Royal FamilyTwitter)

The Queen has shared a poignant photo to mark the first Father’s Day since her husband Prince Philip’s death.

The Royal Family Twitter account shared a black and white photo from 1951, showing the Queen, her father King George VI, Prince Philip and Prince Charles at Balmoral.

The photo was captioned with the message: “To all dads everywhere, we wish you a very special Father’s Day.

“To mark #FathersDay we are sharing this photograph of The Queen with her father, King George VI, and Prince Philip watching a young Prince Charles sitting on a statue at Balmoral in 1951.”

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The message marks the first Father’s Day since the Duke of Edinburgh died aged 99 on 9 April.

Prince Philip would have turned 100 last week on 10 June.

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He left behind his wife of 73 years, as well as their four children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

The Queen’s father King George VI, died in February 1952 – a year after the Balmoral photo was taken.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall also made a poignant tribute for Father’s Day, tweeting: “To all Papas everywhere, and to those who may be missing their Dads today, we are thinking of you and wishing you a special #FathersDay.”

Prince Philip with a young Prince Charles.
Prince Philip with a young Prince Charles.

They shared a photo of Prince Philip and Bruce Shand, Camilla’s father, who died in June 2006.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also shared a Father’s Day message.

They posted a graphic with four different photos alongside the caption: “Wishing fathers everywhere a happy Father’s Day”.

One photo captures the Queen and Prince Philip surrounded by their great-grandchildren.

Others include Prince Charles lounging on a lawn with William and Harry as young boys and Kate’s father Michael Middleton walking her down the aisle.

They also shared a picture of Prince William with the couple’s children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louise.

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