In the viral picture, Prince Philip was seen dressed in full uniform as the Queen, who stood beside him, giggled all the way. Here’s the real story behind the viral image.
As tributes poured in for Britain’s Prince Philip after his death on Friday, a picture of him with Queen Elizabeth II surfaced on social media and swiftly went viral. In the image, the Duke of Edinburgh was seen dressed in full uniform, as he prepared to accompany Her Majesty, elegant in a blue outfit. The Queen “giggled” in the picture and several social media users claimed that she was seen smiling because Prince Philip “played a prank” but that is not the case here.
The picture was clicked during an event at Windsor Castle in 2003. “Prince Philip pranking The Queen by dressing as a palace guard,” a user said of the viral picture. Another comment reads, “Look at that smile. The Duke of Edinburgh pranked the Queen when she arrived back at Buckingham Palace. She adored him.”
The story, however, is something else altogether. We’ll tell you about it but take a look at the tweets first.
Look at that smile. The Duke of Edinburgh pranked the Queen when she arrived back at Buckingham Palace. She adored him. #LoveStory #Duke of Edinburgh pic.twitter.com/eaMAN1Ihsc— Elaine Willcox (@ElaineWITV) April 10, 2021
My favourite photo of The Queen and Prince Phillip. He had decided to prank her by dressing as a guard when she was returning to Buckingham Palace. pic.twitter.com/DgCKvy4ZyY— jwa (@joshwalker989) April 9, 2021
I’ve never seen this pic before.
The moment the Queen realised #PrincePhilip had dressed as a guard as a prank on her return to Buck House
Look at her face pic.twitter.com/wwEjNn3H27— Simon Grundy (@SimonGrundy) April 10, 2021
WHY WAS THE QUEEN GIGGLING IN THE VIRAL PICTURE?
Well, it wasn’t a prank that Prince Philip pulled on the Queen, certainly. In fact, Prince Philip was dressed in the Grenadier Guard’s uniform because he was on official duty. The Queen, on the other hand, giggled owing to a sudden attack by bees, The Sun reports.
Press Association’s Chris Young was the only photographer present at the event, and he clarified the mystery behind the viral picture while speaking to the BBC. It so happened that a swarm of bees derailed the event and a Royal beekeeper had to be summoned to move them away.
“Some of the guests were unsure as to whether they should move, but eventually everyone had to beat a retreat. I recognised that it was a human moment. She was giggling like a little girl and he was laughing too,” Chris Young told BBC.
“The main picture made the front pages of a number of newspapers the following day. It was a rare, candid exchange of glances between the couple in public,” he added.
Press Association, in the caption of their post, had also mentioned the reason behind the Queen’s “giggling” moment during the 2003 event.
“Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip enjoy the spectacle, as a swarm of bees cause concern prior to The Queens Company Review at Windsor Castle,” the caption on Press Association’s website reads.
Prince Philip was the longest-serving consort of any British monarch. He died at the Windsor Castle on April 9 at the age of 99.