Prince Charles has delivered a touching tribute to his late father, Prince Philip, saying his ‘dear papa’ would have been amazed by the outpouring of grief.
The 72-year-old looked solemn as he stepped outside his home, Highgrove House, on Saturday, 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."
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.
Just hours later, Buckingham Palace revealed details of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, which will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor at 3pm on Saturday, April 17th.
It will be a ceremonial royal funeral, rather than a state funeral and will recognise and celebrate Prince Philip’s more than 70 years of service to the commonwealth.
On the day, Prince Philip’s coffin will be carried in a purpose-built Land Rover - which the duke was involved in the design of .
Members of the royal family and the Duke of Edinburgh’s royal household will walk behind the coffin from the Quadrangle, down Chapel Hill and into Horseshoe Cloister. The Funeral Service will begin with a minute’s silence at 3pm.
While a list of guests set to attend the funeral has not been released, in line with coronavirus restrictions in the UK, only 30 of Prince Philip’s nearest and dearest will be allowed to enter the church.
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