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Prince Andrew pays tribute to his father Prince Philip whose death has left ‘void’ in Queen’s life

The Queen has described the lack of the Duke of Edinburgh as ‘having left an enormous void in her life’, Prince Andrew revealed right now. 

The Duke of York was talking in regards to the lack of his father exterior the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, right now after attending a service with the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise. 

Prince Andrew mentioned the Queen is ‘an extremely stoic individual’, however mentioned Philip’s death had left her grieving and ‘she is feeling it greater than anybody’.  He mentioned: ‘She described his passing as a miracle and she or he’s considering, I believe is the way in which that I’d put it.



‘She described it as having left an enormous void in her life  however we, the household, those which might be shut, are rallying spherical to be sure that we’re there to help her.’

Andrew added of his father: ‘He was a outstanding man. I cherished him as a father. He was so calm. He was at all times somebody you possibly can go to. We have lost the grandfather of the nation.’  

The Queen is ‘considering of others earlier than herself’, the Countess of Wessex mentioned as she left the church service.

Speaking to a mourner, Sophie added: ‘You know it is going to occur however when it occurs it is simply this huge, huge gap’.

Speaking of her father-in-law’s final moments, she added: ‘It was so light. It was identical to someone took him by the hand and off he went. It was very very peaceable and that is all you need for someone is not it.

‘I believe it is a lot simpler for the person who goes than the individuals which might be left behind. We’re all sitting right here, one another going: “This is awful”.’

She mentioned the tributes left by the general public have been ‘superb’, however claimed Covid is ‘stopping individuals from doing what they naturally need to do which is coming collectively, which is difficult’. 

Prince Edward, Philip and the Queen’s youngest son, added: ‘It’s been a little bit of a shock. However a lot one tries to put together oneself for one thing like this it is nonetheless a dreadful shock. And we’re nonetheless attempting to come to phrases with that. And it is very, very unhappy.

‘But I’ve to say that the extraordinary tribute and the reminiscences that everyone has had and been prepared to share has been so implausible.

‘And it simply goes to present, he might need been our father, grandfather, father-in-law, however he meant a lot to so many different individuals.’ 

The Earl of Wessex additionally mentioned his coronary heart goes out to all those that labored at royal residences, who will really feel a ‘very personal’ loss after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.

Speaking exterior the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, Edward mentioned: ‘He means a lot to so many individuals right here, and it is the identical for many who lived and labored at Balmoral and Sandringham. For all these previous and current.’

He mentioned: ‘They’ve all had their very own personal reminiscences and tales. Our hearts exit to all of them as nicely.’

Prince Philip died peacefully in his sleep at Windsor Castle on Friday, two months earlier than his one hundredth birthday, leaving the Queen and the royal household ‘mourning his loss’. 

The Duke of York, who stepped down from royal duties amid the scandal over his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, additionally mentioned right now: ‘It’s a horrible loss. My father mentioned to me on the phone just a few months in the past, ”We are all in the identical boat and we should at all times do not forget that, however sometimes we, the household, are requested to rise up and present compassion and management”.

‘And sadly, with my father’s death, it has introduced it residence to me, not simply our loss, however truly the loss that everyone else has felt, for therefore many individuals who’ve died and lost family members throughout the pandemic.

‘And so, we’re all in the identical boat – barely totally different circumstances as a result of he did not die from Covid, however we’re all feeling a fantastic sense of loss.’  

Prince Philip died peacefully in his sleep at Windsor Castle on Friday, with Prince Andrew revealing the impression of his father’s death on the Queen

The Queen has described the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh (pictured with the Queen in 2007) as 'having left a huge void in her life', according to Prince Andrew

The Queen has described the lack of the Duke of Edinburgh (pictured with the Queen in 2007) as ‘having left an enormous void in her life’, in accordance to Prince Andrew

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, with their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, attend the Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, with their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, attend the Sunday service on the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor

Prince Andrew said the Queen is 'an incredibly stoic person', but said Philip's death had left her grieving and 'she is feeling it more than anyone'

Prince Andrew said the Queen is 'an incredibly stoic person', but said Philip's death had left her grieving and 'she is feeling it more than anyone'

Prince Andrew mentioned the Queen is ‘an extremely stoic individual’, however mentioned Philip’s death had left her grieving and ‘she is feeling it greater than anybody’

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, with their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, during a television interview at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, with their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, throughout a tv interview on the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor

The Duke of York (second left) talks with Crown Estate staff as he attends the Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge

The Duke of York (second left) talks with Crown Estate workers as he attends the Sunday service on the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge

Canon Martin Poll, chaplain to Windsor Great Park, greeted Edward, Sophie, their teenage daughter and Andrew earlier than the service right now.

Looking sombre and reflective, the royal social gathering spoke to employees from the Windsor property and the congregation once they arrived at All Saints, which the Queen usually attends exterior of lockdown.

The royals thanked everybody for his or her help notably over the previous few days following the duke’s death on Friday.

Philip’s funeral at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, subsequent Saturday will probably be like no different, with the Queen and her household carrying face masks and socially distancing as they collect to say their closing farewell amid coronavirus restrictions.

Buckingham Palace introduced yesterday that Prince Philip’s ceremonial royal funeral will happen on April 17 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, and a nationwide minute’s silence will probably be noticed because it begins at 3pm. The funeral service will probably be broadcast worldwide.  

The Archbishop of Canterbury additionally led a solemn remembrance service for Prince Philip at Canterbury Cathedral right now. 

The service began at 10.30am with Justin Welby paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh after his death on Friday morning. 

It was a small, socially distanced gathering with the Queen represented by Lady Colgrain, the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent. Also in attendance was the High Sheriff of Kent, the Lord Mayor of Kent, the Sheriff of Canterbury and the chief government of Canterbury.   

Edward Elgar’s stirring Nimrod was performed, the piece of music that accompanies many British funerals and memorial providers and is performed yearly on the Cenotaph in London to mark the National Service of Remembrance.  

In his sermon, the Archbishop mentioned that the Duke of Edinburgh had a ‘outstanding willingness’ to ‘take the hand he was dealt in life’. However, he added that the Duke ‘would have been the primary to harrumph strongly at over-spiritualisation of himself’.

The Reverend Canon Tim Naish spoke after the Archbishop and added: ‘We pray for all those that mourn Prince Philip’s death. We pray for consolation and energy for Elizabeth our Queen.’ 

Marking the third of eight days of nationwide morning, individuals additionally gathered at royal palaces to depart flowers regardless of calls from the palace and the federal government to keep away to keep social distancing pointers.  

The Countess of Wessex, attends the Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, following Prince Philip's death

The Countess of Wessex, attends the Sunday service on the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, following Prince Philip’s death

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, with their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, talk to Cannon Martin Poll, Domestic Chaplin to Her Majesty The Queen

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, with their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, speak to Cannon Martin Poll, Domestic Chaplin to Her Majesty The Queen

The Duke of York (third left) and the Countess of Wessex talk with Crown Estate staff as they attend the Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor

The Duke of York (third left) and the Countess of Wessex speak with Crown Estate workers as they attend the Sunday service on the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor

Canon Martin Poll, chaplain to Windsor Great Park, greeted Edward, Sophie, their teenage daughter and Andrew before the service today

Canon Martin Poll, chaplain to Windsor Great Park, greeted Edward, Sophie, their teenage daughter and Andrew earlier than the service right now

Paying tribute to the late Duke on the particular service right now, Mr Welby mentioned: ‘It is God who creates, God who calls, and God who sends. For His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, there was a willingness, a outstanding willingness, to take the hand he was dealt in life, and straightforwardly to observe its name. To search its which means, to exit and on as despatched, to inquire and suppose, to belief and to pray. 

He added: ‘For the royal household, as for each different, no phrases can attain into the depth of sorrow that goes into bereavement. We all know that it isn’t merely an element of age or familiarity. It isn’t obliterated by the fact of a really lengthy life remarkably led, neither is the predictability of death’s arrival a softening of the blow. Loss is loss.’

A specifically modified Land Rover, Naval procession and royal mourning: Prince Philip’s funeral particulars are launched by palace 

  • 2.40pm: Coffin emerges from State Entrance of Windsor Castle

The duke’s coffin, accompanied by the Dean of Windsor and the Lord Chamberlain, will probably be moved to the State Entrance of Windsor Castle by a Bearer Party of The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

The coffin will emerge and the Bearer Party will place it onto a specifically modified Land Rover, which Philip helped to design, to transport it to St George’s Chapel.

  • 2.45pm: The procession leaves for St George’s Chapel

The procession from the state entrance to the West Steps of the chapel will take eight minutes.

The Prince of Wales and members of the royal household will participate in the procession on foot, instantly behind the duke’s coffin, along with workers from Philip’s family.

The route of the procession will probably be lined by representatives drawn from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force.

Minute weapons will probably be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the east garden of Windsor Castle at some stage in the procession, and the Curfew Tower Bell will toll.

  • 2.53pm: The Land Rover reaches the West Steps of the chapel

A Guard of Honour and Band from The Rifles will obtain the coffin on the foot of the West Steps, with the nationwide anthem being performed because the coffin enters Horseshoe Cloister.

A bearing social gathering of Royal Marines will carry the coffin up the steps and pause for the minute’s silence.

  • 3.00pm: National minute of silence

Following the minute’s silence, the Dean of Windsor, along with the Archbishop of Canterbury, will obtain the coffin on the high of the West Steps.

In holding with coronavirus pointers to restrict visitors contained in the chapel, many of the procession won’t enter the chapel, apart from members of the royal household, and the duke’s personal secretary Archie Miller Bakewell.

The funeral service will start because the coffin enters St George’s Chapel.

The archbishop urged prayers for the household and others who’re grieving.

He mentioned: ‘Our lives should not accomplished earlier than death, however their eternity is ready. So we are able to certainly pray that the Duke of Edinburgh might relaxation in peace and rise in glory. We might pray for consolation. We might pray and supply love for all who discover that a fantastic life leaves a really nice hole.

‘For the royal household and the hundreds of thousands who’ve themselves suffered loss, we are able to know that the presence of Christ will carry peace, and the sunshine of Christ will shine strongly, and it’s in that gentle that we are able to strengthen each other with everlasting hope.’ 

The Duke will probably be taken to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on a Land Rover he helped to design, and will probably be flanked by pall bearers from the Royal Marines, Regiments, Corps and Air Stations. 

The choice to carry Philip in the custom-built automobile comes after he’s mentioned to have informed the Queen: ‘Just stick me in the again of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor.’

Immediately behind the Land Rover, the Prince of Wales and different family members, probably to be the Duke’s different kids and a few of his grandchildren together with Harry and William, will proceed on foot.

Prince Harry will journey to the UK to be with his household for the service, however his spouse Meghan will stay at their residence in California after being ‘suggested not to journey’ by her physician. 

Official royal mourning will then happen for 2 weeks after the funeral.  

Only 30 individuals – anticipated to be the Duke’s kids, grandchildren and different shut household – will attend as visitors. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson won’t be amongst visitors, having stepped apart to enable for the attendance of as many relations as potential throughout coronavirus restrictions, No 10 mentioned final night time. 

The Land Rover ‘hearse’ is a becoming tribute to Philip – the nation’s longest consort – who was identified for his sensible abilities and his enduring curiosity in design and engineering.

The purpose-built Land Rover was specifically modified to carry a coffin – in a project that the duke helped with a few years in the past.

The automobile will course of slowly by means of the grounds of Windsor Castle forward of the funeral, draped in his personal customary, a wreath of flowers and his naval cap and sword.

A bearer social gathering from the Grenadier Guards will place the coffin on the Land Rover on the state entrance of the citadel, earlier than the automobile begins the eight-minute journey at strolling tempo to the west steps of the chapel.

It will probably be flanked by pall bearers reflecting the duke’s particular relationships with the army – the Royal Marines, Regiments, Corps and Air Stations.

Immediately behind the Land Rover, the Prince of Wales and different members of the royal household, probably to be the duke’s different kids and a few of his grandchildren, will proceed on foot.

The Land Rover’s poignant function in the funeral proceedings at all times shaped a part of Operation Forth Bridge – the codename given to the plans following Philip’s death. 

A senior Palace official mentioned: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh had a hand a few years in the past in the design of those autos.’ The official added that there have been two Land Rovers for ‘belt and braces’.

The Queen has accredited the Prime Minister’s advice of nationwide mourning, which started on April 9 and runs till and together with the day of the funeral.  

Originally 800 individuals would have been due to collect to pay their respects to the nation’s longest serving consort, however Philip is understood to have wished a low key affair. 

The first visitor confirmed by the palace was the duke’s long-standing shut aide, his personal secretary Brigadier Archie Miller Bakewell, who will probably be one of many few, and probably solely, non-royals invited to attend.

Brigadier Miller Bakewell had been the Duke’s proper hand man for 11 years, taking over the function in 2010. 

And brothers William and Harry are anticipated to stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’ a they arrive collectively for the primary time since Harry’s bombshell Oprah interview.   

Flowers and tributes to Prince Philip have continued to be placed outside the gates of both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, two days after his death

Flowers and tributes to Prince Philip have continued to be positioned exterior the gates of each Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, two days after his death

A woman outside of Windsor Castle this morning is seen shedding a tear as she pays her respects to Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II

A girl exterior of Windsor Castle this morning is seen shedding a tear as she pays her respects to Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II

A note has been left tied to this cap outside Windsor Castle and alongside floral tributes. The note says that the Duke of Edinburgh was 'an example to us all'

A word has been left tied to this cover exterior Windsor Castle and alongside floral tributes. The word says that the Duke of Edinburgh was ‘an instance to us all’

'Rest in peace sir': Mourners also visited the gates of Buckingham Palace this morning in order to leave flowers and personal notes

‘Rest in peace sir’: Mourners additionally visited the gates of Buckingham Palace this morning in order to depart flowers and personal notes

A man bows his head in respect outside of Windsor Castle this morning as he pays tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9

A person bows his head in respect exterior of Windsor Castle this morning as he pays tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9

On top of flowers, stuffed toys were also placed outside of royal residences this morning. This one was placed down alongside a personal note

On high of flowers, stuffed toys have been additionally positioned exterior of royal residences this morning. This one was positioned down alongside a personal word

A mourner holds her hands together in prayer as she stands outside the gates of Windsor Castle this morning paying her respects to Prince Philip

A mourner holds her fingers collectively in prayer as she stands exterior the gates of Windsor Castle this morning paying her respects to Prince Philip

Adding to the huge number of flowers lining the gates of Windsor Castle this morning, a young boy is seen gently tossing his own bunch onto the pile

Adding to the massive variety of flowers lining the gates of Windsor Castle this morning, a younger boy is seen gently tossing his personal bunch onto the pile

Members of the public gathered to view the floral tributes to Prince Philip who died at age 99 this week

Members of the general public gathered to view the floral tributes to Prince Philip who died at age 99 this week

All public parts of the funeral have been cancelled, and it will likely be televised however happen totally in the grounds of the citadel, the Palace mentioned. 

The Queen has determined the royal household will enter two weeks of royal mourning, and engagements will proceed acceptable to the circumstances, a senior royal official mentioned. 

The announcement got here as Prince Charles paid a poignant tribute to his father, describing his ‘expensive Papa’ as a ‘very particular individual’ and ‘essentially the most outstanding, devoted’ companion to the Queen in an emotional video launched this night. 

In a transferring deal with and talking with out notes, the Prince of Wales mentioned his father would have been ‘deeply touched’ by the sorrow felt by hundreds of thousands of individuals in Britain and the world over at information of his passing. 

He mentioned he would miss his father ‘enormously’ and added that his household have been ‘deeply grateful’ for the condolences provided, which he mentioned would ‘maintain us’ at this ‘notably unhappy time’. 

The Earl and the Countess of Wessex spent round an hour with the Queen on the citadel on Saturday, with a tearful Sophie telling reporters as she left: ‘The Queen has been superb.’   

The duke died peacefully in his sleep at Windsor Castle on Friday, two months earlier than his one hundredth birthday, leaving the Queen and the royal household ‘mourning his loss’. 

The Duke of York arrived at Windsor on Saturday, whereas the Prince of Wales visited his mom there on Friday. Princess Anne left Windsor Castle accompanied by her husband and son Peter Phillips, after visiting her mom this afternoon. 

Gun salutes have been fired throughout the UK, in Gibraltar and at sea in tribute to the duke.

Public parts of Operation Forth Bridge – the codename for the duke’s funeral plans – have been deserted for worry of drawing crowds together with the lengthy held preparations for army processions by means of London and Windsor.

Instead, the proceedings will happen totally in the grounds of Windsor Castle, televised, however away from public view and with no entry for royal followers.

An announcement on the official Royal Family Twitter web page this night learn: ‘The plans for the funeral are in line with His Royal Highness’s personal personal needs. The event will recognise and have a good time The Duke’s life and greater than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.’ 

Confirming that the PM wouldn’t be in attendance, a No 10 spokesperson mentioned: ‘As a results of the coronavirus laws, solely 30 individuals can attend the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 

‘The Prime Minister has all through wished to act in accordance with what’s finest for the Royal family, and so to enable for as many relations as potential won’t be attending the funeral on Saturday.’  

The English Football League has additionally introduced that every one matches scheduled for 3pm subsequent Saturday will probably be moved to keep away from clashing with Prince Philip’s funeral. There are 32 video games throughout the Championship, League One and League Two that have been set to get underway at 3pm on the day of the funeral.

On the day of the funeral, the duke’s coffin, accompanied by the Dean of Windsor and the Lord Chamberlain, will probably be moved to the State Entrance of Windsor Castle by a Bearer Party of The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. 

On the grass in the Castle’s Quadrangle will probably be consultant detachments drawn from Philip’s army particular relationships.

The Quadrangle may also be lined by the Household Cavalry and The Foot Guards. The Band of the Grenadier Guards, of which Philip was Colonel for 42 years, will lead the procession to St George’s Chapel. 

They will probably be adopted by the Major General’s Party, after which the Service Chiefs, reflecting His Royal Highness’s shut relationship with the army.   

The procession from the state entrance to the west steps of St George’s Chapel will take eight minutes. 

The route of the procession will probably be lined by representatives drawn from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force.

Minute weapons will probably be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the east garden of Windsor Castle at some stage in the procession, and the Curfew Tower Bell will toll.

A Guard of Honour and Band from The Rifles will obtain the coffin on the foot of the west steps, with the nationwide anthem being performed because the coffin enters Horseshoe Cloister.

In tribute to Philip’s Naval service, a Royal Naval Piping Party of 1 Chief Petty Officer and 5 Ratings will probably be current.

The piping social gathering will pipe the ‘Still’ as soon as the Land Rover is stationery on the foot of the steps.

A bearing social gathering of Royal Marines will carry the coffin up the steps and pause for the minute’s silence. The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor will then obtain the coffin.

In holding with coronavirus pointers to restrict visitors contained in the chapel, many of the procession won’t enter St George’s, apart from members of the royal household, and the duke’s personal secretary Archie Miller Bakewell.

‘I’ll miss my expensive papa’: Prince Charles pays tribute to his ‘very particular’ father as he praises him for his ‘devoted service to Queen and nation’ and says that the royal household are ‘deeply grateful’ for transferring tributes 

Prince Charles right now paid tribute to his ‘expensive Papa’ as he spoke for the primary time following information of his father Prince Philip’s death yesterday morning.

In a pre-recorded video message, the Prince of Wales mentioned his father had given ‘essentially the most outstanding, devoted service’ to ‘The Queen, to my household and to the nation’, in addition to the Commonwealth. 

The Duke of Edinburgh was, he mentioned, a ‘very particular individual’ who would have been ‘deeply touched’ by the sorrow felt by hundreds of thousands of individuals in Britain and the world over at information of his passing. 

He mentioned he would miss his father ‘enormously’ and added that his household have been ‘deeply grateful’ for the condolences provided, which he mentioned would ‘maintain us’ at this ‘notably unhappy time’.   

Speaking from his Gloucestershire residence, Highgrove, Charles mentioned: ‘I notably wished to say that my father, for I suppose the final 70 years, has given essentially the most outstanding, devoted service to The Queen, to my household and to the nation, but in addition to the entire of the Commonwealth.

‘As you may think about, my household and I miss my father enormously. He was a a lot cherished and appreciated determine and aside from the rest, I can think about, he could be so deeply touched by the variety of different individuals right here and elsewhere all over the world and the Commonwealth, who additionally I believe, share our loss and our sorrow.

‘My expensive Papa was a really particular one that I believe above all else would have been amazed by the response and the touching issues which were mentioned about him and from that standpoint we’re, my household, deeply grateful for all that.

‘It will maintain us in this explicit loss and at this notably unhappy time. Thank you.’



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