The British Royal Family released a couple of never-seen-before photos of The Duke of Edinburgh with the Cambridges today, as part of a tribute to the late Duke as a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
The first photo was taken at Balmoral in 2015 and features The Queen and Prince Philip with Prince William and Prince George, and The Duchess of Cambridge holding baby Princess Charlotte.
The Queen and Charlotte are looking at each other in the photo.
The second photo features The Queen and Prince Philip with seven of their great-grandchilden: (L-R) Prince George, Prince Louis on The Queen’s lap, Savannah Philips (behind the couch), Princess Charlotte, Prince Philip, Isla Philips holding Lena Tindall, and Mia Tindall. The photograph was taken at Balmoral Castle in 2018 by The Duchess of Cambridge.
Charlotte is holding Louis’ hand, and there is a photo of the Queen Mother in the background.
On April 12, Prince William released a statement on the death of Prince Philip, saying:
My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family.
I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the hardest days. I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her. I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!
My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead. I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.Royal.uk
In addition to this statement, they released a photo of Prince Philip with Prince George, taken by Kate in 2015 in Norfolk on the Sandringham estate.
Prince Philip’s funeral will be held at St. George’s Chapel this Saturday, April 17, at 3pm UK time. Both CNN and NBC have announced they will carry the funeral live in the US.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at three o’clock. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The plans for the funeral are in line with The Duke of Edinburgh’s own personal wishes, and the occasion will recognise and celebrate The Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.
It will be a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the same as for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, rather than a State Funeral – something which is generally reserved for Monarchs. The plans have been approved by The Queen and reflect appropriate Government advice.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin, covered with His Royal Highness’s Personal Standard and dressed with a wreath of flowers, will rest initially in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle, where it will remain until the day of the Funeral.
On Saturday 17th April, The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will be moved by a Bearer Party found by The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. Positioned in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle will be representative detachments drawn from His Royal Highness’s military special relationships.
His Royal Highness’s coffin will be carried in a purpose-built Land Rover – which The Duke was involved in the design of – flanked by military Pall Bearers, in a small Ceremonial Procession from the State Entrance to St George’s Chapel, for the Funeral Service. Members of the Royal Family and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Household will walk behind the coffin from the Quadrangle, down Chapel Hill and into Horseshoe Cloister. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at 1500hrs.
The Funeral Service will be attended by Her Majesty The Queen and Members of the Royal Family. The coffin, carried by a Bearer Party found by the Royal Marines, will be received at the top of the West Steps of St George’s Chapel by the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Naval Cap and Sword will be placed on the coffin ahead of the service and His Royal Highness’s Insignia will be laid on the Altar of the Chapel. At the conclusion of the service, His Royal Highness will be interred in the Royal Vault in St George’s Chapel.royal.uk