Prince Charles pays moving tribute to his 'dear Papa'

The Prince of Wales has described his late father, the Duke of Edinburgh, as “a very special person” and praised him for having “rendered the most remarkable and devoted service to the Queen, my family and the country over the past 70 years” .

Charles said of his home in Gloucestershire, Highgrove: “I wanted to say in particular that, over the past 70 years, my father has done the most remarkable and devoted service to the Queen, my family and the country, but also to the Commonwealth as a whole.

“As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father immensely. He was a very much loved and valued figure and apart from everything else, as I can imagine, the number of other people here and elsewhere in the world and the Commonwealth who I too think share our loss and ours would make him so deeply touch sadness.

“My dear papa was a very special person who I think would have been amazed especially by the reaction and touching things that were said about him, and from that point of view we, my family, are deeply grateful for all this.

“It will support us in this particular loss and in this particularly sad time.”

Buckingham Palace announced that Philip’s ceremonial royal funeral will be held on April 17th at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle and that there will be a minute’s silence beginning at 3 p.m.

The royal funeral like no other, with the queen and her family following guidelines, wearing face masks, and social distancing when they gather to say their final goodbyes.

The Duke’s coffin will be transported from the castle to the chapel in a specially modified Land Rover that he helped design, followed by the Prince of Wales and high-ranking kings on foot, a palace official said.

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