Andrew: Philip’s loss of life has left ‘big void’ in queen’s life

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LONDON (AP) — The loss of life of Prince Philip has left a “big void” in Queen Elizabeth II’s life, their son Prince Andrew stated Sunday, as well-wishers continued to depart floral tributes exterior the gates of royal residences in reminiscence of the monarch’s husband.

Andrew, the third of the couple’s 4 youngsters, attended church on the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor together with different members of the royal household, two days after the 99-year-old Philip died at Windsor Citadel.

Andrew stated his mom “described it as having left an enormous void in her life.”

“We’ve misplaced, virtually, the grandfather of the nation,” he stated. “And I really feel very sorry and supportive of my mom, who’s feeling it in all probability greater than all people else.”

His youthful brother, Prince Edward, known as Philip’s loss of life a “dreadful shock” however stated the 94-year-old queen was “bearing up.”

Edward’s spouse, Sophie, Countess of Wessex stated the monarch was “pondering of others earlier than herself.”

She stated Philip’s loss of life at Windsor Citadel, which got here three weeks after he was discharged from a month-long hospital keep, was “peaceable.”

“It was proper for him and it was so mild. It was identical to somebody took him by the hand and off he went,” Sophie advised well-wishers. “It was very, very peaceable and that’s all you need for any person, isn’t it?”

Each palace and authorities officers urged individuals to not are available in individual to pay their respects due to coronavirus restrictions on social mixing. However lots of of individuals on Sunday introduced notes, playing cards and flowers to the gates of Windsor Citadel, positioned 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of London, whereas others laid tributes exterior Buckingham Palace within the British capital.

Neil Loughton, founding father of the Penny Farthing Membership, rode his vintage bicycle to the palace gates to pay tribute.

“I feel that there are some issues which can be simply necessary and should be accomplished . Ninety-nine years of life and greater than 70 years of service deserves some recognition,” he stated.

Philip’s funeral is about to happen April 17 at Windsor Citadel. Solely 30 individuals will be capable of attend beneath the present coronavirus restrictions in England, however the slimmed-down service is scheduled to be broadcast stay on tv..

Philip’s grandson Prince Harry, who stepped away from royal duties final yr and now lives in California, will attend the service together with different members of the royal household, palace officers have stated.. His spouse, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is pregnant and has been suggested by her physician to not make the journey.

Royal relations stated they appreciated the outpouring of tributes and good needs from individuals throughout Britain and all over the world to Philip, who was the queen’s consort and help by greater than seven many years of marriage.

Prince Edward, 57, stated the “extraordinary” tributes meant so much to the royal household.

“It simply goes to point out, he might need been our father, grandfather, father-in-law, however he meant a lot to so many different individuals,” he stated.

Andrew, 61, who has largely saved out of the general public eye since 2019 amid controversy over his friendship with the late convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein, additionally praised the “completely superb tributes.”

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Observe AP’s protection of Prince Philip’s loss of life at https://apnews.com/hub/prince-philip

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