Royal Tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully last week at Windsor Castle just before his 100th Birthday, and members of the Royal Family have been paying tribute to the Duke over the past few days, releasing messages and previously unseen images as part of their ongoing tribute to the life and legacy of their father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, which we are compiling here, separate from the Foreign Royal Condolences on the Death of the Duke of Edinburgh!

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The Queen has shared an unseen photograph of herself with the Duke of Edinburgh on the eve of his funeral. The couple are seen relaxing at the top of the Coyles of Muick in the Scottish Highlands. The image was taken by the Countess of Wessex in 2003.

The Royal Family have been releasing many previously unseen images with the Duke of Edinburgh in recent days, and will no doubt continue to do so in the days leading up to the Funeral.

The Prince of Wales, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, who have released pre-recorded interviews and also spoken to the media since the Duke’s death. The Prince started the family tributes by releasing a video message.

Princess Royal said:

You know it’s going to happen but you are never really ready. My father has been my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but mostly it is his example of a life well lived and service freely given that I most wanted to emulate. His ability to treat every person as an individual in their own right with their own skills comes through all the organisations with which he was involved.

I regard it as an honour and a privilege to have been asked to follow in his footsteps and it has been a pleasure to have kept him in touch with their activities. I know how much he meant to them, in the UK, across the Commonwealth and in the wider world.

I would like to emphasise how much the family appreciate the messages and memories of so many people whose lives he also touched.  We will miss him but he leaves a legacy which can inspire us all.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Duke of York, and Lady Louise met Windsor Estate workers to thank them for their support, particularly over the last few days, and the Countess of Wessex shared details of Prince Philip’s final moments with estate staff at Windsor

It was right for him, and, you know, it was so gentle. It was like someone took him by the hand & then he went. Very, very peaceful & that’s all you want for somebody, isn’t it.”

The Earl of Wessex said:

Reading just some of the wonderful memories you have shared about your experiences of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and, in some cases, of meeting my father, has been truly uplifting. I think I may have said once that he was a man that once met, never forgotten.

He had a unique ability to make a lasting impression in a remarkably short time. I, like all my family, have a lifetime of lasting impressions, inspiration, shared passions and love. He may have departed this world, but his spirit and ethos lives on through his Award, through each and every life touched, transformed, inspired; then, now and in the future. Thank you one and all for helping to create such an extraordinary tribute.

The Duke of Cambridge said:

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.

The Duke of Sussex said:

My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm—and also because you never knew what he might say next.

He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ‘til the end.

He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’

So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered—by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts.”

‘Per Mare, Per Terram’

Princess Eugenie said:

Dearest Grandpa,⁣

We all miss you. ⁣

You would be so touched by all the tributes that have been shared with me the past few days. ⁣

People remember sitting next to you at a dinner, or shaking your hand once, who remember you saying hello in passing, or remember how much their DofE award meant to them. ⁣

I remember learning how to cook, how to paint, what to read. I remember laughing at your jokes and asking about your spectacular life and service in the navy. ⁣
I remember incinerating the sausages and you swooping in to save the day.⁣
I remember your hands and your laugh and your favourite beer. ⁣

I will remember you in your children, your grandchildren and great grandchildren. ⁣

Thank you for your dedication and love for us all and especially Granny, who we will look after for you. ⁣

With all my love ⁣
Eugenie

Mike Tindall said:

It’s been a very sad week but it has given us time to reflect on great memories and stories both personal and shared. A devoted family man who we will forever miss but always love.

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