Prince Charles supplied a heartfelt tribute to his “dear Papa,” on Saturday, the same day Buckingham Palace officials shared details of a royal funeral planned for next week.
The Prince of Wales, 72, shared a video message saying the royal family was “deeply grateful” for the outpouring of support they’ve received following the death Friday of his 99-year-old father, Prince Philip. The heir to the throne said he was touched by the number of people around the world who have shared his family’s loss and sorrow.
“I notably wished to say that my father, for I suppose the final 70 years, has given essentially the most exceptional devoted service to The Queen, to my household, and to the nation, but additionally to the entire of the Commonwealth. And as you possibly can think about, my household and I miss my father enormously. He was a a lot cherished and appreciated determine and aside from anything I can think about he could be so deeply touched by the variety of different folks right here and elsewhere around the globe and the Commonwealth who additionally I believe, share our loss and our sorrow,” Charles said, speaking from his southwestern England home of Highgrove.
“My pricey Papa was a really particular one who I believe above all else would have been amazed by the response and the touching issues which were stated about him,″ he continued. “And from that viewpoint we’re, my household, deeply grateful for all that. It will maintain us on this explicit loss and at this notably unhappy time.’’
Philip’s ceremonial funeral will take place April 17 at Windsor Castle — a slimmed-down service amid the COVID-19 pandemic that shall be totally closed to the general public. The palace insisted the royals would strictly adhere to nationwide virus tips, measures that in concept would entail masks sporting in an enclosed house and social distancing. The palace declined to touch upon specifics.
Philip, the queen’s husband of 73 years who was also referred to as the Duke of Edinburgh, took half in planning his personal funeral and its give attention to household was in accordance together with his needs. The duke additionally took half in designing the modified Land Rover that may carry his coffin.
“Although the ceremonial arrangements are reduced, the occasion will still celebrate and recognize the duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to the Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth,” a palace spokesman stated Saturday whereas talking on situation of anonymity in step with coverage.
Prince Harry, Philip’s grandson who stepped away from royal duties final yr and now lives in California, will attend the service at Windsor together with different members of the royal household. His spouse Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is pregnant and has been suggested by her physician to not make the lengthy journey to the U.Ok.
Another no-show shall be Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose workplace stated he wouldn’t attend as a result of present coronavirus restrictions restrict funerals to 30 folks, so by staying away that will “enable for as many members of the family as attainable.”
Earlier Saturday, navy groups throughout the U.Ok. and on ships at sea fired 41-gun salutes to mark Philip’s death, honoring the former naval officer whom they considered one of their own.
Batteries in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast — the capitals of the four nations that make up the United Kingdom — as well as other cities around the U.K. and the Mediterranean outpost of Gibraltar fired the volleys at one-minute intervals beginning at midday. Ships including the HMS Montrose, a frigate patrolling the Persian Gulf, offered their own salutes.
“The Duke of Edinburgh served amongst us throughout the Second World War, and he remained dedicated to the Royal Navy and the Armed Forces as a complete,” Gen. Nick Carter, chief of the defense staff, said in a statement. “A life well-lived. His Royal Highness leaves us with a legacy of indomitable spirit, steadfastness and an unshakeable sense of responsibility.”
Philip joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1939 and once had a promising military career. In 1941, he was honored for his service during the battle of Cape Matapan off the coast of Greece, when his control of searchlights aboard the HMS Valiant allowed the battleship to pinpoint enemy vessels in the dark. Philip rose to the rank of commander before he retired from active duty.
Two years after the conflict ended, Philip married Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey when she was 21 and he was 26. Philip’s naval profession got here to an abrupt finish when King George VI died in 1952 and his spouse turned queen.
At the queen’s coronation in 1953, Philip swore to be his spouse’s “liege man of life and limb” and settled right into a life supporting the monarch. The couple had 4 youngsters — Charles, the inheritor to the throne, Anne, Andrew and Edward.
Before he retired from official duties in 2017, the prince carried out greater than 22,000 solo public engagements and supported over 780 organizations, together with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for younger folks.
Members of the general public continued to honor Philip’s lifetime of service, leaving flowers Saturday outdoors Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.