Prince Charles pays tribute to 'dear Papa'

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Prince Charles has paid tribute to his "dear Papa" Prince Philip who had given such devoted service to the Queen, the royal family and the Commonwealth.

Charles also expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of support the family had received since the death of his father, the Duke of Edinburgh.

"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."

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.