Prince William has shared a lovely tribute to his grandfather, Prince Philip, after he died at the age of 99.
My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family, Prince William said.
I feel blessed to have not just had his example to guide me, but his lasting presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the most troublesome days. I will always be thankful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the understanding, he showed her.
We, Kate and I, will never take for granted the exceptional memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour! My grandfather was an remarkable man and part of an exceptional generation. We will continue to do what my grandfather would have wanted and will support my grandmother. I will surely miss my him.
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Statement from Prince William on the death of Prince Philip. “Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead. I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.”
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Queen Elizabeth declared her husband’s death at midday on Friday as the Union Flag was lowered to half-mast outside Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, which he planned himself, will be televised around the world.
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Only around 30 family members are expected to attend the family funeral at St George’s Chapel, stripped back due to Britain’s ongoing lockdown. Britons are being warned to stay at home and watch on TV to avoid spreading coronavirus.
Prince Harry has also issued a tribute to his grandfather Prince Philip on the Archewell website. He closes it with the motto of the Royal Marines.
The statement ends with the phrase “Per Mare, Per Terram” which is the motto of the Royal Marines. It is Latin for “By Sea, By Land”. Prince Philip was Captain-General of the Royal Marines from 1953-2017. & Prince Harry from 2017-2020.
Prince Harry has arrived in the UK on Sunday. And after quarantining and testing will be able to attend his grandfather’s funeral on Saturday.
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