Charles and Camilla's emotional visit to Prince Philip's memorial

Sarah Carty
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Prince Charles and Camilla looked visibly emotional as they visited a memorial for Prince Philip.

The future king and the Duchess of Cornwall walked amongst the floral tributes left by the public in the gardens of Marlborough House in London yesterday, stopping to read hand-written notes left on display.

Britain's Prince Charles, with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visits the gardens of Marlborough House, London
Prince Charles looked visibly upset as he visited a memorial for his late father, Prince Philip. Photo: AAP

The flowers and gifts were moved from outside Buckingham Palace to the private gardens at Marlborough House in order to discourage members of the public from gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic.

72-year-old Prince Charles looked moved by the outpouring of love and Camilla appeared to wipe away a tear from her eye as she inspected the tributes.

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On Saturday, Prince Charles delivered a touching tribute to his late father, Prince Philip, saying his ‘dear papa’ would have been amazed by the outpouring of grief.

Camilla and Charles at Prince Philip's memorial
Camilla appeared to wipe a tear from her eye at one point. Photo: AAP

Charles looked solemn as he stepped outside his home, Highgrove House, saying the royal family are “deeply grateful” for the show of support from the public.

"My father, for I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable devoted service to the queen, to my family, to the country and also to the whole of the Commonwealth," Charles told reporters, wearing a black necktie of mourning.

"My dear Papa was a very special person who above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him.

"And from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that. It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time.

"As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously."

Prince Charles and Camilla's visit to Prince Philip's memorial
Flowers and tributes were left by members of the public. Photo: AAP

Charles said his father was a "much loved" and appreciated figure and he would be "so deeply touched" by the messages of sorrow and support from around the world and the Commonwealth.

Buckingham Palace has announced the guest list for the funeral, which will include 30 members of the royal family.

The mourners include Prince Harry, Prince William and his wife Kate, and the four children of the Queen and the duke, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Prince Charles and Camilla looking at flowers at Prince Philip's memorial
Charles and Camilla were seen inspecting the flowers left by members of the public. Photo: AAP

The duke's other grandchildren and some of their spouses will be there - including Peter Phillips, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, and Zara and Mike Tindall.

Jack Brooksbank and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, married to Eugenie and Beatrice respectively will attend.

Several of the Queen's cousins have been invited but without their spouses, including the Dukes of Kent and Gloucester. Princess Alexandra will also be alone, as she is a widow.

There will also be three members of Philip's German family, Prince Phillipp, Prince Donatus and Prince Bernhard.

Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Penny Knatchbull, has been invited.

How to watch Prince Philip's funeral

Royal fans can watch the funeral as it will be broadcast live on the BBC.

However the network has promised it will not broadcast wall-to-wall coverage after receiving a record number of complaints over its 24-hour coverage across its two main channels after Philip's death last week.

For Aussie viewers Prince Philip's funeral will be live on Channel 9 and 9Now, and on Channel 7.

The 9NEWS Special, The Funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will begin at 11pm AEST Saturday and run through to 1am Sunday.

Network Seven's special live coverage of the ceremonial royal funeral to begin from 5.00pm AEST on Channel 7 and 7plus.

In WA, the coverage will begin at 9pm local time and in SA and NT it will begin at 10.30pm local time.

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