The Queen has pondered the “grief and loss of so many” as she celebrated the anniversary of the first Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown by sending flowers to the hospital where the Duke of Edinburgh had heart surgery.
In a national day of reflection message, the monarch paid tribute to the “immeasurable service of those who have supported us over the past year”.
A bouquet of irises, tulips, mixed daffodils and ranunculus and the news were brought from Windsor Castle, where the monarch and Philip had stayed during the pandemic, to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City of London.
It is believed that the Queen wanted to mark the day Covid-19 victims across the country are remembered with a minute’s silence at noon.
She chose St. Barts to obtain the flowers after the Duke’s successful procedure and recent stay.
The Queen also wrote about how the nation looked forward to a “better future together.”
The message read: “As we look forward to a better future together, we take a break today to reflect on the grief and loss that so many people and families continue to experience, and appreciate the immeasurable service of those who have supported us throughout the last year. “
The flower gift was given to the hospital’s chief executive, consultant cardiologist Professor Charles Knight.
99-year-old Philip and the Queen, who have been married for 73 years, were reunited in Windsor, Berkshire last week after the Duke spent a month in hospital.
The Duke had a successful procedure in his heart on March 3rd in St. Bartholomew – three months before his 100th birthday in June. He was released on March 16.
Philip had been rushed to the NHS hospital in an ambulance after first being treated at the private King Edward VII Hospital in central London and then returning to recover from surgery.