A year has passed since the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth. The son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg had been married to Her Majesty the Queen since 1947 and was two months shy of his 100th birthday when he died.
While the Royal Family intended to spend the day privately, according to reports, the queen’s social media arm dispatched a video montage of special moments from the prince’s life. Accompanying the images was a poem, “The Patriarchs—An Elegy,” written by the U.K.’s current poet laureate, Simon Armitage.
“The weather in the window this morning is snow, unseasonal singular flakes, a slow winter’s final shiver,” the evocative poem begins.
The poem was also shared by Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles retweeted the initial message, and also shared their own images.