Prince Philip: William pays homage to the “extraordinary” Duke of Edinburgh | UK News

Prince Philip, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte in 2017. Pic: AP

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Prince William has said he will “support the Queen in the years to come” as a tribute to his late grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Describing Prince Philip as “an extraordinary man”, William said he “will miss my grandfather”.

In a statement, he said: “My grandfather’s century of life has been defined by service – to his country and to the Commonwealth, to his wife and queen, and to our family.

“I feel fortunate to have not only had his example to guide me, but also his enduring presence in my own adult life – both in good times and in tough days.

The Duke of Edinburgh pictured with Prince William in 2015

“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-grandfather who picked them up in his car and seeing for themselves his contagious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humor. !

“My grandfather was an extraordinary man and was part of an extraordinary generation.

“Catherine and I will continue to do what he wanted and we will support the Queen for years to come.

“I will miss my grandfather, but I know he would like us to continue our work. “

Watch live coverage of Prince Philip’s funeral service on Sky News, website and app from 2 p.m. Saturday

Kensington Palace shared a photo of a young Prince George with his great-grandfather alongside William’s post.

George, a future king, is pictured sitting next to the Duke in the trunk seat of a car, while Philip holds the reins and a whip.

The image was taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk in 2015.

(LR) The Queen, Prince Philip, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in 2017. Pic: AP

Prince harry published his own statement shortly after William in which he called the Duke of Edinburgh “a joke legend”.

He added that he and Meghan “will always hold a special place for you in our hearts”.

It comes a day after royals gathered at a church service in Windsor, with Prince Andrew saying his father was a ‘remarkable man’ and relatives ‘rallying’ to the Queen.

He revealed that the Queen had described the death of the Duke of Edinburgh “as having left a huge void in his life« .

Prince Edward’s wife, The Countess of Wessex, also shared details of the Duke’s final moments, qualifying his death as “very peaceful”.

Prince Charles also spoke on Saturday of her “dear daddy” and said the 99-year-old “would have been amazed” by the tributes paid to him.

Deputies and UK politicians return early from Easter break today to pay tribute to Prince Philip.

MPs returned to the Commons a day earlier, the Welsh and Scottish Parliaments have been recalled, while the Northern Ireland Assembly will also pay tribute.

Prince Philip’s funeral to take place on Saturday in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Participation is limited to 30 people under coronavirus rules and it will be televised. It will be preceded by a minute of national silence.

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Children, grandchildren and other close family members of Philip should attend.

The Duke of Sussex has reportedly arrived in the UK from the US, but this has not been confirmed by Buckingham Palace or Harry’s spokesperson.

His pregnant wife, the Duchess of Sussex, had been told by her doctor not to travel.

Boris Johnson will watch the ceremony on television, Downing Street said.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “He intends to watch the funeral on television, as I am sure a large part of the public will.”

Number 10 had previously said Mr Johnson would not be going to St George’s Chapel in person, in order to allow as many family members as possible to be there.

The Duke was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and became the longest-serving husband in British history – he was due to be 100 in two months, on June 10.

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