In a new video, it seems that Queen Elizabeth was keeping her late husband Prince Philip in her thoughts as she spoke about his environmental work while wearing a butterfly brooch.
The Queen, 95, addressed attendees at the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow via a pre-recorded video she recorded after stating she would not be in attendance due to health concerns.
While giving the speech, the Queen dawned a butterfly brooch.
And while many believed the brooch to symbolize rebirth for the Queen almost seven months after Philip’s death in April at age 99, or that maybe it symbolized the Duke of Edinburgh had moved onto a more peaceful place, the palace said either speculation was not the Queen’s intent.
That being said, the accessory does have sentimental value to the monach. The diamond and ruby brooch was actually a wedding present from the Countess of Onslow for the couple’s 1947’s wedding.
“The Duke of Edinburgh was a passionate advocate for conservation, wildlife and the environment. Prince Philip was the first President of World Wildlife Fund @wwf_uk , International President of @wwf and then President Emeritus of @wwf until his death. The Prince was also an Honorary Fellow of @officialzsl.”
The post continued on, detailing The Duke’s many conservation efforts.
“The Duke was involved in many conservation efforts throughout his lifetime, from establishing an alliance between religious leaders and conservationists, to travelling across the Southern Pacific Ocean and Antarctica to identify native seabirds. Find out more on www.royal.uk.”
“????In 1988, as President of @WWF, The Duke of Edinburgh supported efforts by a conservation group in Mexico to protect the Monarch Butterfly as deforestation and commercial logging posed a serious threat to the species’ survival. His Royal Highness is pictured here watching the Monarch butterfly’s migration.”
The post concluded, revealing the Duke’s staggering number of charitable contributions.
“Over the course of his life, The Duke of Edinburgh was associated with 992 charities and organisations, from scientific and tech research to the welfare of young people and the encouragement of sport. Join us over the next 7 days as we look back at His Royal Highness’s life and work.”
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