Queen shares touching 1976 throwback photo of her and Prince Philip
Queen shares touching 1976 photo of her and Prince Philip in Balmoral’s library as they prepare to spend their third weekend apart while he recovers from heart surgery in hospital
- Buckingham Palace shared 1976 photo to mark World Book Day on Thursday
- Throwback snaps shows Her Majesty sitting at a desk in library at Balmoral Caste
- Prince Philip, 99, prepares to spend third weekend away from the Queen while he recovers from heart surgery in hospital
Buckingham Palace has shared a touching 1976 photo of a young Queen and Prince Philip as he recovers from his heart surgery in hospital.
The photo, which was shared to the Royal Family Twitter account to mark World Book Day on Thursday, shows Her Majesty sitting at a desk in the library at Balmoral Caste, while the Duke of Edinburgh gazes into the distance next to her.
It comes as Prince Philip, 99, prepares to spend third weekend away from the monarch while he recovers from heart surgery in hospital.
Buckingham Palace revealed on Thursday that Philip had a ‘successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition’ and will remain in hospital for ‘treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days.’
Buckingham Palace has shared a touching 1976 photo (pictured) of a young Queen and Prince Philip as he recovers from his heart surgery in hospital
The touching photo was shared as Prince Philip prepares to spend third weekend away from the Queen while he recovers from heart surgery in hospital. Pictured, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle
The Duke of Edinburgh was being treated for an infection at the private King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone, before being transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City of London – Britain’s top heart hospital – on Wednesday.
The Sussexes, whose tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey is due to air in the US on Sunday night, have been urged to postpone it after Prince Philip had major surgery after more than a fortnight in hospital.
The throwback snap of Queen and Philip in the library, was shared alongside a painting of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
The Royal Family’s Instagram account captioned the post: ‘The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are pictured in the Library at Balmoral Castle in 1976.
‘Swipe to see Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. The Royal Library is a treasure trove of more than 50,000 books and manuscripts collected by British monarchs over the centuries.
The post went on to share a video of the Duchess of Cornwall speaking about her love of owning books.
The Royal Family’s Instagram account captioned the post: ‘The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are pictured in the Library at Balmoral Castle in 1976’ (pictured)
Buckingham Palace revealed on Thursday that Philip (pictured) had a ‘successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition’ and will remain in hospital for ‘treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days’
Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, having been first leased in 1848.
In the autumn of 1842, two and a half years after her marriage to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria paid her first visit to Scotland.
They were so struck with the Highlands that they resolved to return. A further visit to Perthshire and then Ardverikie encouraged them to seize the opportunity to purchase Balmoral.
After Queen Victoria bought the Castle in 1852, plans were made to build a new castle about 100 yards north-west of the old building designed by the city of Aberdeen architect William Smith.
On 28 September 1853 the foundation stone of the new Castle was laid by Queen Victoria. Prince Albert took a great interest in the design and construction which was completed by 1856, also in the Scottish Baronial style.
The Castle is constructed from local granite, which was precision cut using the modern machinery of the day, producing a much smoother finish to the building than usual.
Prince Albert set about landscaping the area, starting a programme of improvements lasting several years, which was done in accordance with a model he had constructed in sand. The main works were completed by 1859 and included new houses, stables, workshops and schools.
Royals continue to make improvements to the castle and the ruggedly beautiful surroundings have captivated generations of royals since.
The Queen has visited Balmoral almost every year of her reign and it holds a special place in her heart.
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