William and Kate release touching Royal Foundation tribute to Prince Philip

Prince William and Kate Middleton paid a touching tribute to Prince Philip with a picture of the smiling Duke on their website.

The couple’s official website for the Royal Foundation now shows a black and white picture of the prince who died on Friday at the age of 99.

The royal family is being helped in this “particularly sad time” by public support following the death of the “beloved” Duke of Edinburgh, said the Prince of Wales.

Charles spoke movingly of his “dear papa” who had dedicated himself to the Queen, his family and the country for about 70 years.

Charles said his father had “done the most remarkable and devoted service to the Queen, my family and the country, but also to the Commonwealth as a whole”.

He added, “As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father immensely,” and said Philip would be “deeply touched” by people around the world who share “our loss and grief”.

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

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

Britain is officially in a 14-day period of national mourning, including Philip’s funeral on Saturday afternoon.

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The royal service next Saturday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle will be like no other. The Queen and her family wear face masks and are socially distant as they gather to say goodbye for good amid the restrictions of the coronavirus.

A palace spokesman said the royal family hoped the coming days would be seen as an opportunity to celebrate the duke’s “remarkable life”.

He added that despite the “significant adjustments” made due to the pandemic restrictions, the occasion “will no less be a farewell to His Royal Highness”.

The royal family has appealed to people who wish to show their respect in person to stay home instead.

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