Royal Family shares touching photo of Queen and Philip amid Duke’s health battle

The Royal Family has shared a touching snap of the Queen and Prince Philip to celebrate World Book Day.

As part of three images, including the Duchess of Cornwall speaking about reading, Buckingham Palace marked the day for children across its social media channels.

One of which is a 45-year-old photo of Queen Elizabeth II sitting behind a desk at the family's Scottish residence of Balmoral Castle, accompanied by her standing husband.

Smiling vaguely in the direction of the camera, the Queen can be seen flicking through a hardback while Prince Philip appears to be admiring the castle's collection of literature.

The Royal Family wrote: "Happy #WorldBookDay The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are pictured in the Library at Balmoral Castle in 1976."

The throwback picture was shared as the Duke remains in hospital following a 'successful procedure' for a pre-existing heart condition.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said the operation took place on Wednesday March 3 and will remain in hospital for further treatment.

His Royal Highness will also be held for "rest and recuperation" for a "number of days," which could see him in hospital as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell Oprah interview airs on ITV.

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On Instagram the caption continues to direct their 8.6million followers to see an illustration of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle.

"The Royal Library is a treasure trove of more than 50,000 books and manuscripts collected by British monarchs over the centuries," the post said.

"This #WorldBookDay the Royal Collection Trust will be sharing books from the Royal Library as well as book-related activities for children and adults throughout the day. Follow @royalcollectiontrust for more!"

Bringing the post back to the present day, The Duchess of Cornwall can be seen discussing the joys of owning your first book, in a video call with McFly star and author Tom Fletcher, Zanib Mian and Katherine Rundell.

The conversation organised by The National Literary Trust and Oak National Academy, was held to "celebrate the wonderful world of books" with pupils from Acklam Whin Primary School.

The Royal Family account added: "Last September, The Duchess launched the National Literacy Trust and Oak National Academy’s Virtual School Library, which has been made available for free for all primary schools in the UK.

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"Each week, a different children’s author or illustrator acts as ‘school librarian’ with exclusive content, engaging activities and recommended reads.

"More than a quarter of a million children have accessed the Virtual School Library since it launched."

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