Queen’s hidden tribute to Prince Philip with butterfly brooch during COP26 speech

Queen Elizabeth paid tribute to her late husband Prince Philip in a discreet way during her COP26 speech.

A pre-recorded speech was aired to the world’s leaders of the 95 year old monarch where she could be seen sitting in front of a table that had two potted plants on and a photo frame.

In the frame was a heart-warming photograph of the late Prince surrounded by butterflies.

It’s believed the photo of Prince Philip was from the Queen’s private collection, and was taken in Mexico in 1988.

The Queen could be seen wearing a green dress with a pearl necklace and, sticking to the theme of butterflies, a beautiful diamond and ruby butterfly brooch.

The brooch was given to Her Majesty as a wedding gift by the Queen from the Dowager Countess of Onslow when Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip said their ‘I dos’ in 1947.

Pointing out the Queen’s brooch and the photograph, Royal commentator Angela Levin wrote on Twitter: “Fascinating that the Queen had a butterfly brooch on her dress and a photo of her late husband surrounded by butterflies.

“The butterfly is supposed to give a message from the deceased that they are ok and just living in another realm.”

Tobias Kormind from jewellers 77 Diamonds also went on to decipher the meaning behind the gesture.

He toldThe Express: "The Queen chose to wear the stunning Onslow Butterfly Brooch and a classic 3 string pearl necklace with matching earrings to the COP26 summit.

"The brooch was a wedding gift presented in 1947 by Dowager Countess of Onslow to Princess Elizabeth.

"It's a lovely combination of Rubies and Diamonds. Given the purpose of the summit, the brooch and pearls are purposely understated, and perhaps the brooch is also a nod to Prince Philip's longstanding commitment to the environment."

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The Queen spoke about Prince Philip in her COP26 speech, and described the environment as being an issue “close to the heart” of the Duke.

Her Majesty said: “It is perhaps fitting that you have come together in Glasgow, once a heartland of the industrial revolution, but now a place to address climate change.

“This is a duty I am especially happy to discharge, as the impact of the environment on human progress was a subject close to the heart of my dear late husband, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

“I remember well that in 1969, he told an academic gathering: ‘If the world pollution situation is not critical at the moment, it is as certain as anything can be, that the situation will become increasingly intolerable within a very short time … If we fail to cope with this challenge, all the other problems will pale into insignificance.’”

The Queen also said that she was “proud” of Princes Charles and William who are currently at the summit.

“It is a source of great pride to me that the leading role my husband played in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet, lives on through the work of our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William. I could not be more proud of them,” the 95 year old monarch said of her son and grandson.

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