The Royal Family Just Shared a Stunning Quote from the Queen About the Late Prince Philip

Yesterday morning, it was announced that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had passed away peacefully at the age of 99. Now, the world is thinking of the royal family as they enter into an official grieving period.

To celebrate Prince Philip's life, the @RoyalFamily instagram account shared a stunning quote from Her Majesty The Queen that dates back to 1997. In the quote, Queen Elizabeth II speaks of her husband, saying, "He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know."

In the rest of the caption, they write, "At The Queen’s Coronation in 1953, The Duke of Edinburgh swore to be Her Majesty’s ‘liege man of life and limb.’ The Duke was a devoted consort (companion to the Sovereign) for almost 70 years, from Her Majesty’s Accession in 1952 until his death. Find out more about The Duke of Edinburgh’s life and work on the Royal website (link in bio)."

Along with the loving message is a portrait of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip that was taken by Annie Leibovitz in 2016. Leibovitz was the first American to photograph the monarch and her family back in 2007 at Buckingham Palace. She then returned to capture the family at Windsor Castle in 2016.

Currently, the royal family's website is dedicated to the late Duke of Edinburgh, where visitors can learn about his life, including his education, marriage and family, as well as his many charities and patronages, like the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, which is one of the world's leading youth achievement awards. Other pages explore the Duke's many personal interests, including flying, art, design and even bird-watching.

We are sending all our love to the royal family during this tough time.

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