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Sophie Wessex says Prince Philip’s death was ‘gentle, it’s just like someone took him by the hand’

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has described Price Philip’s death as ‘so mild,’ saying ‘it’s just like someone took him by the hand and off he went.’ 

Sophie was amongst these attending a Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor right this moment.

The service comes two days after Prince Philip died aged 99.   



‘You know it’s going to occur however when it occurs it’s just this huge, huge gap,’ Sophie instructed a bunch of three mourners outdoors the chapel.

‘It was so mild, it was just like someone took him by the hand and off he went. Very, very peaceable and that is all you need with any person is not it?

‘I believe it’s a lot simpler for the individual that goes than the individuals left behind, we’re all sitting right here one another going ‘This is terrible,” Sophie stated.

She added that every one the tributes that had come for Philip had been ‘wonderful’ particularly contemplating the restrictions of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Sophie, Countess of Wessex (proper), has described Price Philip’s death as ‘so mild,’ saying ‘it’s just like someone took him by the hand and off he went.’ Sophie was amongst these attending a Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor right this moment

Sophie (right) also joined her husband Prince Edward (left) and daughter Lady Louise Windsor (centre)  to speak to the media outside the chapel

Sophie (proper) additionally joined her husband Prince Edward (left) and daughter Lady Louise Windsor (centre)  to talk to the media outdoors the chapel

She shared a joke about the manicured garden of the church yard.

Pointing to the sky, Sophie stated: ‘Well we all know if [staff] had not completed such an amazing job, there may be one one who would have seen!’ 

Sophie additionally joined her husband Prince Edward and daughter Lady Louise Windsor to talk to the media outdoors the chapel.

‘It’s been a little bit of a shock. However one tries to organize oneself for one thing like this, it’s nonetheless a dreadful shock and we’re type of making an attempt to come back to phrases with that,’ Edward instructed ITV.

‘It’s very, very, unhappy, however I’ve to say, the extraordinary tributes and the reminiscences that everyone’s had and been prepared to share has been so unbelievable and it just goes to indicate, he might need been our father, grandfather, father-in-law, however he meant a lot to so many different individuals.

Prince Philip died peacefully in his sleep at Windsor Castle on Friday, two months before his 100th birthday, leaving the Queen and the royal family 'mourning his loss'

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

‘And just being right here this morning with all people from Windsor Great Park and he was a ranger right here for, I believe, extra years than some other ranger and he means a lot to so many individuals right here and it’s the identical for individuals who lived and labored at Balmoral and Sandringham. 

‘For all these previous and current, he means an enormous enormous quantity to them … all of them have their very own personal reminiscences and tales and our hearts exit to all of them as nicely,’ Edward stated.

‘He at all times exchanged phrases with all people as a result of it did not matter what anyone was doing in and round the property, right here and all over the place else, all of them meant loads to him and he at all times took a really personal curiosity in every thing that they have been doing. So they’ve all bought tales to inform and most of them are fairly humorous as nicely’ Sophie added. 

Separately, Edward added that his mom was ‘bearing up’ and the royal household appreciated ‘the wave of affection’ for the Duke of Edinburgh from the public since his death was introduced on Friday.

The earl stated: ‘That wave of affection for him and just these beautiful tales.

‘They just imply a lot and the tributes have been just unbelievable.

‘That’s actually, actually necessary and we actually do recognize it.’

Referring to the heat needs which have poured in from round the world, Sophie stated it had been ‘so beautiful for therefore many individuals to study what he did’.

She added: ‘I just assume various issues which have come out could have shocked some individuals and the way intrinsic he was to each factor of society, in the event you have a look at it.’

The couple recalled a few of the scrapes Philip bought into whereas carriage driving round the Windsor property.

Smiling, Sophie stated Philip had been ‘pulled out of some ditches right here I appear to recollect as nicely’.

Laughing, Edward stated: ‘In the early days, sure, he used to have a number of issues.’

Sophie added: ‘More lately too.’

Philip took up carriage driving after being compelled to retire from polo in 1971 on account of a wrist harm.

He was driving competitively just two years later and would go on to show Sophie, whereas Lady Louise can also be a eager participant.

The sport could be harmful and Philip had what he dubbed his personal ‘annus horribilis’ in 1994 with ‘at least eight disasters’.

Prince Andrew was additionally in attendance at the service and stated the Queen had described the lack of her husband as ‘having left an enormous void in her life’. 

Andrew stated the Queen is ‘an extremely stoic particular person’, however stated Philip’s death had left her grieving and ‘she is feeling it greater than anybody’. 

He stated: ‘She described his passing as a miracle and she or he’s considering, I believe is the means that I’d put it.

‘She described it as having left an enormous void in her life  however we, the household, the ones which can be shut, are rallying spherical to make it possible for we’re there to help her.’

Andrew added of his father: ‘He was a exceptional man. I liked him as a father. He was so calm. He was at all times someone you would go to. We have lost the grandfather of the nation.’ 

Prince Andrew was also in attendance at the service and said the Queen had described the loss of her husband as 'having left a huge void in her life'. Pictured: Prince Andrew (right) with Sophie on Sunday

Prince Andrew was additionally in attendance at the service and stated the Queen had described the lack of her husband as ‘having left an enormous void in her life’. Pictured: Prince Andrew (proper) with Sophie on Sunday

The Duke of York, who stepped down from royal duties amid the scandal over his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, additionally stated right this moment: ‘It’s a horrible loss. My father stated to me on the phone a number of months in the past, ”We are all in the identical boat and we should at all times keep in mind that, however sometimes we, the household, are requested to face up and present compassion and management”.

‘And sadly, with my father’s death, it has introduced it house to me, not just our loss, however really 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 an amazing sense of loss.’  

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

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

Looking sombre and reflective, the royal get together spoke to employees from the Windsor property and the congregation after they arrived at All Saints, which the Queen usually attends outdoors 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 likely be like no different royal funeral, with the Queen and her household carrying face masks and socially distancing as they collect to say their ultimate 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 likely be noticed because it begins at 3pm. The funeral service will likely be broadcast worldwide. 

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

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 line with Prince Andrew

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 at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, following Prince Philip’s death

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 at the Cenotaph in London to mark the National Service of Remembrance.  

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 likely 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 move 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 employees from Philip’s family.

The route of the procession will likely 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 likely be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the east garden of Windsor Castle for the length of 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 at the foot of the West Steps, with the nationwide anthem being performed as the coffin enters Horseshoe Cloister.

A bearing get together 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 at the high of the West Steps.

In maintaining with coronavirus pointers to restrict friends inside the chapel, most 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 as the coffin enters St George’s Chapel.

In his sermon, the Archbishop stated that the Duke of Edinburgh had a ‘exceptional willingness’ to ‘take the hand he was dealt in life’. However, he added that the Duke ‘would have been the first 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 power for Elizabeth our Queen.’ 

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

Paying tribute to the late Duke at the particular service right this moment, Mr Welby stated: ‘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 exceptional willingness, to take the hand he was dealt in life, and straightforwardly to observe its name. To search its that means, to exit and on as despatched, to inquire and assume, to belief and to wish. 

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’s not merely an element of age or familiarity. It shouldn’t be obliterated by the actuality of a really lengthy life remarkably led, neither is the predictability of death’s arrival a softening of the blow. Loss is loss.’

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

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

‘For the royal household and the thousands and thousands who’ve themselves suffered loss, we will know that the presence of Christ will convey peace, and the mild of Christ will shine strongly, and it’s in that mild that we will strengthen each other with everlasting hope.’ 

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

The choice to hold Philip in the custom-built automotive comes after he’s stated to have instructed 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 members of the household, prone to be the Duke’s different youngsters and a few of his grandchildren together with Harry and William, will proceed on foot.

Prince Harry will journey to the UK to be together with his household for the service, however his pregnant spouse Meghan will stay at their house in California after being suggested to not 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 youngsters, grandchildren and different shut household – will attend as friends. 

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

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

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

The Queen has accepted 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 on account of collect to pay their respects to the nation’s longest serving consort, however Philip is thought 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 likely be considered one of the few, and probably solely, non-royals invited to attend.

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

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

All public components of the funeral have been cancelled, and will probably be televised however happen totally in the grounds of the fortress, the Palace stated. 

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



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