The Duke of York has paid tribute to his mother, the Queen with a short statement.
He opens his tribute by referring to the Queen as ‘Mummy, Mother, Your Majesty’. The Monarch passed away on 8th September 8th at Balmoral, aged 96.
‘Your Majesty, it has been an honour and privilege to serve you’.
Andrew calls her a ‘mother – of the nation’ and says her ‘devotion and personal service to our nation is unique and singular’.
Similar to other members of the Royal Family, Prince Andrew notes how people have shown ‘their love and respect in so many different ways’ and he knows she is looking down ‘honouring their respect’.
A statement from the Duke of York on the eve of his mother's state funeral. pic.twitter.com/DizCry3JHp
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On a more personal note as a son, he says the Queen’s compassion, care and confidence is something he will ‘treasure forever’.
He adds: ‘I have found your knowledge and wisdom infinite, with no boundary or containment. I will miss your insights, advice and humour. As our book of experiences closes, another opens, and I will forever hold you close to my heart with my deepest love and gratitude, and I will tread gladly into the next with you as my guide’.
‘God save the King’.
Andrew’s daughter, Beatrice and Eugenie, paid tribute to their ‘dearest Grannie’. They note how they have ‘not been able to put much into words since you [the Queen] left us all.’
He joined his siblings on Friday night for a vigil of his mother’s coffin.