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William pays emotional tribute to ‘extraordinary’ Philip in moving statement
April 12, 2021
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Prince William has vowed never to take for granted "the special memories" his children have with their great grandfather as he paid emotional tribute to Prince Philip.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, passed away on Friday morning.
In a statement, William said: “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. I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her.
"I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always 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 Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will take place on April 17 in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and a national minute's silence will be observed as it begins at 3pm.
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The duke's coffin will be transported from the castle to the chapel in a specially modified Land Rover he helped to design, and followed by the Prince of Wales and senior royals on foot, a senior Palace official said.
The Mirror claims sources close to Prince Charles said he was “very happy” his sons will be together following a testing few months, and will walk behind the coffin.
On Monday morning, it was reported that Prince Harry is now quarantining in the grounds of Kensington Palace – just yards from his brother's home, since landing in the UK on Sunday night.
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The Duke of Sussex will spend at least five days at Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of the palace, close to the apartment where William, 38, lives with wife Kate Middleton and their three children, it is thought.
It is Harry's first visit to the UK since he and Meghan, 39, quit their roles as senior royals and their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.