Prince Charles pays tribute to his father, Prince Philip: he misses him “enormously”

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Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II were married for 73 years, until her death.  He is the oldest royal husband in British history.



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Prince Charles paid heartfelt tribute to his ‘dear dad’ on Saturday, the same day Buckingham Palace officials shared details of a royal burial scheduled for next week.

The Prince of Wales, 72, shared a video message saying the royal family were ‘deeply grateful’ for the outpouring of support they received after the death of her 99-year-old father Prince Philip on Friday. The heir to the throne said he was touched by the number of people around the world who shared his family’s loss and grief.

“I especially wanted to say that my father, for the past 70 years, I guess, has rendered the most remarkable and dedicated service to The Queen, to my family and to the country, but also to the Commonwealth as a whole. And as you can imagine, I miss my family and my father very much. He was a much loved and appreciated figure and other than anything I can imagine he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere in the world and in the Commonwealth who I too think share in our loss and our grief, ”said Charles, speaking of his South West England home of Highgrove.

“My dear daddy was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that were said about him,” he continued. “And from that perspective we, my family, are deeply grateful for it all. It will support us in this particular loss and in this particularly sad time. “

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Britain’s Prince Charles speaks to the media outside Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, England, Saturday April 10, 2021. Britain’s Prince Charles says the royal family is “deeply grateful” for the outpouring support she received after the death of her father. , Prince Philip.
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Philip’s ceremonial funeral will be held on April 17 at Windsor Castle – a lightened service amid the COVID-19 pandemic that will be completely closed to the public. The palace insisted the royal family would adhere strictly to national virus guidelines, measures which, in theory, would involve wearing a mask in an enclosed space and social distancing. The palace declined to comment on details.

Philip, the Queen’s 73-year husband, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, was involved in planning his own funeral and the focus on family was in accordance with his wishes. The Duke was also involved in the design of the modified Land Rover that will carry his coffin.

“Although ceremonial arrangements are reduced, the occasion will continue to celebrate and recognize the life of the Duke and his more than 70 years of service to the Queen, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth,” a spokesperson said on Saturday. of the palace, speaking on condition of anonymity. with politics.

Prince Harry, Philip’s grandson who stepped down from royal duties last year and now lives in California, will attend the service in Windsor along with other royals. His wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is pregnant and her doctor has advised her not to make the long trip to the UK.

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Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died, it was announced on Friday, April 9, 2021. He was 99 years old. Philip spent a month in hospital earlier this year before being released on March 16 to return to Windsor Castle. Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, married Elizabeth in 1947 and was the longest-serving husband in British history.
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Another no-show will be Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose office said he would not attend because current coronavirus restrictions limit funerals to 30 people, so staying on the sidelines would “allow just as much as many family members as possible ”.

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Earlier on Saturday, military teams across the UK and on ships at sea fired 41 cannon shots to mark Philip’s death, honoring the former naval officer whom they considered to be one of their own.

Batteries in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – the capitals of the four nations that make up the UK – as well as other towns in the UK and the Mediterranean outpost of Gibraltar fired the one-minute bursts. interval from noon. Ships including HMS Montrose, a frigate patrolling the Persian Gulf, offered their own greetings.

“The Duke of Edinburgh served with us in World War II, and he remained dedicated to the Royal Navy and the armed forces as a whole,” said General Nick Carter, Chief of the Defense Staff , in a press release. “A life well lived. His Royal Highness leaves us with a legacy of indomitable spirit, steadfastness and an unwavering sense of duty. “

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Philip joined the Royal Navy as an officer cadet in 1939 and had a promising military career. In 1941, he was honored for his service at the Battle of Cape Matapan off the coast of Greece, when his searchlight control aboard HMS Valiant enabled the battleship to spot enemy ships in the dark. Philip reached the rank of commander before retiring from active service.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip had been married for 73 years.
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Two years after the war ended, Philip married Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey when she was 21 and he was 26. Philip’s naval career came to an abrupt end when King George VI died in 1952 and his wife became queen.

At the Queen’s coronation in 1953, Philip vowed to be his wife’s “man of life and body” and settled into a life supporting the monarch. The couple had four children – Charles, the heir to the throne, Anne, Andrew and Edward.

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Before retiring from official duty in 2017, the prince made over 22,000 solo public engagements and supported more than 780 organizations, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Youth Award.

Members of the public continued to honor Philip’s life of service, leaving flowers on Saturday outside Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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