‘Lucky’ Duke of Cambridge pays tribute to ‘extraordinary’ Prince Philip

The Duke of Cambridge has issued a tribute statement after the passing of his grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh.

The statement reads: “My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family.

“I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the hardest days.

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“I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for he kindness he showed her. I will never take for granted the special memories my children will 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 extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. 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.”

The future King shared the statement along with a snap from 2015, of Prince Philip with Prince George in a carriage in Norfolk; it was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince George enjoys a carriage ride with The Duke of Edinburgh in 2015

The statement comes after other members of the Royal Family paid tribute to the 99-year old Duke. In a statement broadcast on Saturday, The Prince of Wales highlighted his incredible commitment to The Queen and to the Commonwealth.

After a service at The Royal Chapel of All Saints attended by The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Duke of York and Lady Louise, the group thanked Windsor Estate staff for their support over the last few days. 

The Earl of Wessex 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’.

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Buckingham Palace announced The Duke of Edinburgh’s 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.

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