The Queen speaks about Prince Philip for first time since he died

The Queen spoke about the "happy memories" she shared with Prince Philip in a poignant speech

The Queen speaks about Prince Philip during Address to Parliament in the Debating Chamber during the opening of the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament on October 02, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland
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The Queen has spoken publicly about her late husband, Prince Philip, for the first time since his death. 

The Queen, who famously spends every summer at Balmoral Castle in Scotland's Aberdeenshire, made a special appearance in Edinburgh to undertake a vital task.

Her Majesty took to the microphone at Holyrood Debating Chamber in order to officially open a new Parliament session. 

Touching on the sad loss of Prince Philip, that she endured earlier this year, the monarch spoke of the wonderful times she spent with the Duke of Edinburgh in Scotland, over the course of their 73 years of marriage. 

The Queen prepares to make her Address to Parliament in the Debating Chamber during the opening of the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 2, 2021

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Speaking to Members of Scottish Parliament and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Queen said, "I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country, and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I always held of our time here. 

"It is often said that it is the people that make a place, and there are few places where this is truer than in Scotland, as we have seen in recent times," she added, highlighting her love of the nation. 

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II attend the Braemar Gathering at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park on September 5, 2015 in Braemar, Scotland

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This is the first time the Queen has spoken about Prince Philip during a public appearance since he passed away, having lived as a widow since he lost his life at Windsor Castle, aged 99 in April 2021. 

Despite not mentioning him personally until now, the Queen has released various statements to thank her subjects for their support in the days after Philip died. 

When she marked her 95th birthday just weeks after her death, she acknowledged the touching public reaction she and her family had received in light of their loss. 

"My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness shown to us in recent days. We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life," she said in the message. 

The Queen also allowed for various, rare photos of Prince Philip and family to be released, including a sweet shot of the two of them sat together on a blanket at Balmoral. 

A caption beside the lovely snap, taken by Sophie Wessex, read, "The Queen wishes to share this private photograph taken with The Duke of Edinburgh at the top of the Coyles of Muick, Scotland in 2003.

"Her Majesty and the Royal Family are grateful for all the messages of condolence from around the world and have been touched to see and hear so many people sharing fond memories of The Duke, in celebration of his life."

Caitlin Elliott
News Editor

Caitlin is News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Caitlin started on local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree. She also worked in Fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team. Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role.