Royal heartbreak: How Queen’s touching gesture had Prince Philip near tears

The Queen and Prince Philip are currently spending time together at their Norfolk country retreat on the Sandringham estate. After the Royal Family enjoy Christmas there together, the Queen traditionally remains, leaving to come back to London on February 6 every year. Since the Duke of Edinburgh’s retirement in 2017, the time Her Majesty is able to spend with her husband at the home he now resides in full-time is especially poignant.

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Although the Duke of Edinburgh is not known for showing his emotions in private or public, Daily Mail royal correspondent Richard Kay revealed how a gesture the Queen made on his 90th birthday in 2011 brought her husband close to tears.

Shortly after the Duke’s 2017 retirement, Mr Kay wrote: “Nothing illustrates the Queen’s devotion more than her marking his 90th birthday by bestowing on him one of her own titles, that of Lord High Admiral. 

“Cut adrift for so long from the life at sea he’d loved, it meant he’d been effectively returned to the Senior Service. 

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth IIPrince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II (Image: Getty)

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth IIPhilip was made Lord High Admiral in 2011 (Image: Getty)

“Friends describe him as being ‘almost in tears’ at the gesture.”

Philip was a Naval officer and excelled in his career, with ambitions to rise to First Sea Lord like his uncle Lord Mountbatten.

However, after facing pressure from courtiers and the government, including Winston Churchill, the Duke gave up his career soon after the Queen’s

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