Queen speaks publicly about Prince Philip for first time since his death

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The Queen has spoken public for the first time about her late husband Prince Philip, as she opened the Scottish Parliament.

Her Majesty recalled the "many happy memories" she had with Philip in the country in a speech in Edinburgh.

As she opened the new session at the Scottish Parliament, the monarch told MSPs: "I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country, and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I always held of our time here.

"It is often said that it is the people that make a place, and there are few places where this is truer than in Scotland, as we have seen in recent times."

The 95-year-old is currently on her first annual break at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire without Philip.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon offered the parliament’s “deep sympathy and shared sorrow at your loss” and thanked her for being a “steadfast friend of our Parliament since its establishment in 1999”.

The Duke of Edinburgh died just weeks before his 100th birthday on April 9 this year.

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A day ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip, the monarch shared her favourite picture of herself with the lifelong companion she described as "her strength and her stay".

The royal couple are pictured as they are rarely seen – relaxing together away from public duties and enjoying the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands.

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His funeral, which took place on April 17, was scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic, with just 30 of his closest friends and family in attendance.

The Queen was forced to sit by herself due to social distancing guidelines, with pictures of her breaking the hearts of millions around the world.

The Queen was accompanied by Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles for her trip to Parliament today.

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In her speech, she said: “The beginning of a new session is a time for renewal and fresh thinking" urging politicians to "look to the future and our future generations”.

Speaking about the COP26 events in Glasgow next month she added: “The eyes of the world will be on the United Kingdom – and Scotland in particular – as leaders come together to address the challenges of climate change.”

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