Queen Elizabeth ‘keeps Prince Philip’s handkerchief and precious photo in her handbag’ as she sits alone at funeral

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Queen Elizabeth reportedly kept some precious mementos in her handbag from her marriage to Prince Philip as she attended her beloved husband’s funeral on Saturday 17 April.

The 94 year old monarch was forced to sit alone during the funeral service of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, who died age 99 earlier this month.

But, the head of state ensured she has some treasured items from her 74 year-long marriage to Phillip with her as she bid him a final farewell.

According to Mail Online’s royal insider, the Queen carried a small photograph of the two of them together, thought to have been taken in Malta.

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Malta held a special place in the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s hearts as the newly-married couple lived in a villa on the island from 1949 and 1951.

Queen Elizabeth previously described her and Philip’s time in Matla as one of the best periods of her life as it was the only time in their marriage where she was a ‘regular’ naval wife before her Coronation in 1953. Philip was stationed on the island as a naval officer with HMS Magpie.

Another item she was also reportedly planning on taking one of Philip’s trademark white handkerchiefs, made by his Savile Row tailors Kent & Haste.

The precious objects are understood to have been held in her handbag which, like all her bags, was designed by British brand Launer.

Queen Elizabeth, according to the publication, regularly carried precious objects in her handbag during royal events. But, arguably, none will be more heartfelt than the chosen items she carried during her husband’s funeral.

The much-loved mementos aren’t the only personal touches from the Queen, who chose not to sit in the front row during Philip’s funeral, on the emotional day.

She also personally chose the flowers in the funeral wreath which was placed on the Duke’s coffin.

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Each flower was carefully selected and chosen because of it's significance to the pair over their 74 years of marriage.

The wreath comprised of white lilies, small white roses, white freesia, white wax flower, white sweet peas and jasmine.

Queen Elizabeth also had a handwritten note placed on the wreath, which is understood to to have said “in loving memory” on.

The signature on the card was tucked out of sight because of the flowers, but it was reported that it was signed using the name Lilibet.

Lilibet is the nickname The Duke Of Edinburgh called his wife and he is thought to be the last person to call her by that name.

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