Princess Eugenie has issued a personal tribute to her late grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh.
The statement reads:
“We all miss you.’
“You would be so touched by all the tributes that have been shared with me the past few days. People remember sitting next to you at a dinner, or shaking your hand once, who remember you saying hello in passing, or remember how much their DofE award meant to them.’
“I remember learning how to cook, how to paint, what to read. I remember laughing at your jokes and asking about your spectacular life and service in the navy. I remember incinerating the sausages and you swooping in to save the day.’
“I remember your hands and your laugh and your favourite beer.’
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“I will remember you in your children, your grandchildren and great grandchildren.’
“Thank you for your dedication and love for us all and especially Granny, who we will look after for you.’
“With all my love
The message was accompanied by two images of the Princess with the Duke, one as a child at Sandringham, and another a few years ago at Royal Ascot.
Princess Eugenie recently welcomed her first son named August Philip Hawke Brooksbank – a touching tribute to the 99-year old Duke of Edinburgh. August is The Queen and Prince Philip’s ninth great-grandchild.
Eugenie’s tribute follows other members of the Royal Family who have issued touching tributes to their father/grandfather. In a statement on behalf of the entire Royal Family, The Prince of Wales highlighted his incredible commitment to The Queen and to the Commonwealth.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Duke of York and Lady Louise attended a service at The Royal Chapel of All Saints where the group thanked Windsor Estate staff for their support over the last few days.
Prince Edward thanked the public for the ‘extraordinary tributes and the memories that everybody has had and been willing to share’. Whilst Sophie described his final moments as ‘peaceful’ and ‘gentle’ – ‘as if he were taken by the hand’.
The Duke of Cambridge issued a statement where he said his grandfather’s ‘infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour’ will be missed. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also released a new photograph of their eldest child, Prince George, sitting at the front of a carriage alongside The Duke of Edinburgh.
Buckingham Palace announced The Duke of Edinburgh’s ceremonial funeral will take place on Saturday 17th April at 3pm in St George’s Chapel. The funeral, in line with government regulations, will be attended by 30 members of the Royal Family, including The Duke of Sussex.