The queen has broken this royal mourning tradition, just as Prince Philip would've wanted her to

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Queen Elizabeth arrives for the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip.
Queen Elizabeth arrives for the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip.
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  • Queen Elizabeth will not use black-edged stationery in mourning Prince Philip - a royal tradition that dates back to the 19th Century.
  • Queen Victoria introduced the tradition upon the death of her husband, Prince Albert, in 1861.
  • It has also been confirmed that a new portrait will not be released, marking Her Majesty's 95th birthday on 21 April.


Queen Elizabeth and the royal family buried Prince Philip on Saturday.

The Duke of Edinburgh died on Friday, 9 April – he would have turned 100 in June. Queen Elizabeth will also celebrate her 95th birthday on Wednesday, 21 April, however, the annual trooping the colour will not take place as usual. People reports Her Majesty also will not be sharing a new portrait to mark the occasion, as members of the royal family usually do, following the death of her husband.

The queen has since been spotted walking her dogs in the Frogmore Gardens, according to the publication, while Prince Harry, who is still in the UK, may extend his trip to be with the queen and the family for the quiet celebration.

Another royal tradition the queen is choosing to break after Prince Philip's passing, is using black-edged stationery during the official mourning period – a tradition dating back to the 19th Century – and will instead use personalised stationery featuring her crest in black and not the usual read.

In 1861, after the death of her husband Prince Albert, Queen Victoria only used paper with a thick black border and matching envelopes, signalling to the recipient her ongoing state of mourning. She also ended up wearing black for the remaining 40 years of her life, living in seclusion for most of it.

The Times reports that Prince Charles and Camilla will stick to the tradition, so too will Prince William and Kate, but the queen may be honouring her husband by breaking with it – the Duke of Edinburgh famously stated that after his death, he didn't want all the fuss. Both William and Harry echoed this sentiment in their tributes to their 'grandpa'.

"He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, 'Oh do get on with it!'" Harry said.  

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