Queen shares sweet behind-the-scenes glimpse at Buckingham Palace for Valentine’s Day

The Royal Family posted this stunning floral photo

Queen Elizabeth II meets guests as she attends the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 29, 2019 in London, England
(Image credit: Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Queen has shared a sweet floral picture taken at Buckingham Palace in honor of Valentine’s Day, showcasing one of the royal palace’s stunning blooms. 

The Queen may be spending lockdown at her Berkshire home of Windsor Castle, but it was her London residence, Buckingham Palace, which took center stage in her heartfelt Valentine’s Day message on Sunday. The official Royal Family Twitter account shared a stunning floral snap of a bright pink Camellia in honor of the romantic occasion.

‘Symbolising love, a pink Camellia is pictured in the garden of Buckingham Palace on #ValentinesDay’ the caption revealed. 

It’s lovely to think that despite the 94-year-old monarch not residing at this majestic royal home since last year, the gardens are still being well-tended to in her absence.

She and her husband Prince Philip have been married for over 70 years and whilst they generally remain private about their relationship, spending Valentine’s Day together at Windsor Castle was likely to have been lovely for the couple.

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Royal fans were also quick to praise the choice of a Camellia to honor Valentine’s Day. One Twitter user declared: ‘What a beautiful flower from the Royal Family #StValentinesDay’.

'What a perfect flower!!!!! I wish mine wiuld bloom like that!!!' another wrote. 

Whilst another praised the Queen and Prince Philip as a couple, writing: ‘Happy Valentine’s Day! The Duke of Edinburgh and HM The Queen are an amazing example of a marriage!’

Why was Valentine’s Day special for the Queen this year? 

The Queen's beautiful Valentine's Day post came the same day that her grandson, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, announced the exciting news that they are expecting baby number two. The couple have been married for three years in May and are already devoted parents to young son Archie. 

Reports have claimed that the Queen and the wider royal family are “delighted” at the happy family news, which came 37 years after Princess Diana announced her pregnancy with Prince Harry

Despite the ongoing uncertainty and effects of the pandemic, February has been a truly momentous month for the Queen’s family. Not only will she now be welcoming a new baby Sussex into the Royal Family, but the birth of Princess Eugenie’s son last week has made her the proud great-grandmother of nine royal children.

With Zara Tindall currently pregnant too, the Queen looks set to have an astonishing eleven great-grandchildren by the end of this - her 69th year on the throne.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!