The Queen shared a never-before-seen photo of herself and Prince Philip from her personal album.
The touching picture, taken in Scotland 18 years ago, was first revealed to the public ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday 17th April.
It is said to be one of the Queen’s favorite snapshots of her and Philip relaxing together away from public duties and enjoying the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands.
Philip and the Queen look completely relaxed and smile warmly. Relax in the grass at the Coyles of Muick, a beauty resort near the town of Ballater in Aberdeenshire.
The Duke lies back on a rug, props himself on his left elbow and has his hat lightly placed on his right knee.
The queen, dressed in a tartan skirt, a blouse and a cardigan, as well as a pearl necklace, is also sitting on a carpet and beaming at the Countess of Wessex, who took the photo in 2003.
At sunset, the picture is likely taken as the couple enjoyed their traditional summer break on the Queen’s nearby private estate in Balmoral.
The picture reflects the private face of the queen and her husband, and gives a glimpse of how the queen will remember her 73-year-old husband.
Coyles of Muick stands above the entrance to Glen Muick and rewards hikers with an unobstructed view of Mount Lochnagar.
The area is clearly a favorite spot for the Queen, as she named a corgi pup that was recently gifted to Monarch Muick and has a dorgi pup playmate named Fergus – another Scottish name.
The area was painted by the Prince of Wales, whose Scottish summer vacation is in Birkhall, near the area where the Queen and Philip were photographed.