Throwback Photo of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Released after News about His Surgery

The Royal Family shared a throwback picture featuring Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip as the world marks World Book Day.

As the world marks "World Book Day," the British Royal Family rolled back the years when it shared an old photo of Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip in the Library at Balmoral Castle.

The picture was taken in 1976 and showed Queen Elizabeth seated at a table with a book opened before her while Prince Philip stood beside her, with his right hand at her back and his left in his pocket.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at the Queen's Birthday Party at the residence of the British Ambassador to Germany on 25 June 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at the Queen's Birthday Party at the residence of the British Ambassador to Germany on 25 June 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

The Queen wore a blue dress while her husband wore a dark suit over a white shirt and dark-colored tie. Behind the royal couple were cupboards stacked with multiple books.

Also accompanying the post was a painting of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at the castle. The post also featured a video that showed Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles' wife discussing the joys of owning books.

Camilla joined the Literary Trust and Oak National Academy to celebrate books with authors Zanib Mian, Katherine Rundell, Tom Fletcher, and pupils from Acklam Whin Primary School.

Last September, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she launched the Oak National Academy and National Literary Trust's Virtual School Library.

Meghan accused Buckingham Palace of "perpetuating falsehoods" against her and Harry.

The heartwarming throwback picture featuring Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip is coming at a time the latter is recovering from heart surgery.

Prince Philip, who turns 100 in June, took ill on February 16, raising concerns in Buckingham Palace over his health due to a pre-existing heart problem. 

Earlier in the week, he was transferred to a heart specialist hospital, where he underwent a heart procedure. The Palace announced today that the surgery was successful.

However, Prince Philip will remain in hospital, receiving treatment, resting, and recuperating for several days before going home. 

Meanwhile, Prince Philip's grandson, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan Markle, who stepped down as senior working members of the royal family last year, have been in the news recently.

This is due to their upcoming tell-all interview with media mogul Oprah Winfrey, which has raised many talking points.

In an explosive clip from the interview, which was released on Wednesday night, Meghan accused Buckingham Palace of "perpetuating falsehoods" against her and Harry. 

The clip is a sign of things to follow and is sure to have kept many people on the edge of their seats as they await the interview's airing. While the world waits for that, thoughts will be on Prince Philip's full recovery. 

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