The Queen has shared a never-before-seen photograph of herself and Prince Philip from her personal album.
The touching image, captured in Scotland 18 years ago, has been revealed to the public for the very first time ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday (April 17).
It is said to be one of the Queen’s favourite snapshots of her and Philip, relaxing together away from public duties and enjoying the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands.
Looking completely at ease and smiling warmly, Philip and the Queen relax on the grass at the Coyles of Muick, a beauty spot near the town of Ballater in Aberdeenshire.
The duke lies back on a rug, propping himself up on his left elbow and has jauntily placed his hat on his right knee.
The Queen, dressed in a tartan skirt, blouse and cardigan and a string of pearls, also sits on a rug, is beaming at the Countess of Wessex, who took the picture in 2003.
With the sun blazing down, the picture is likely taken when the couple were enjoying their traditional summer break at the Queen’s nearby private estate of Balmoral.
The image reflects the private face of the Queen and her husband and gives an insight into how the Queen will remember her husband of 73 years.
Coyles of Muick stands above the entrance to Glen Muick and rewards walkers with an uninterrupted view to the mountain of Lochnagar.
The area is clearly a favourite spot for the Queen as she has named a corgi puppy, recently gifted to the monarch, Muick and it has a dorgi puppy playmate called Fergus – another Scottish name.
The area has been painted by the Prince of Wales whose Scottish summer retreat of Birkhall is close to the area where the Queen and Philip were photographed.