Prince Philip: Prince William pays tribute to his ‘extraordinary’ grandfather
The Duke of Cambridge has paid a heartfelt tribute to his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh, describing him an ‘extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation’.
William is the first of Philip’s grandchildren to publicly honour his memory and in a statement spoke of his relationship with Kate and expressed his gratitude for the “kindness he showed her”.
The future king summed up the duke saying his “…life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family”.
Over the weekend the duke’s four children spoke movingly about the loss of their father and how the Queen is stoically coping after her husband of 73 years died peacefully on Friday.
The duke said about Philip: “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.”
Kensington Palace tweeted the duke’s statement together with a touching new photograph of a young Prince George with his great-grandfather Philip.
At a service on Sunday, April 11, Prince Andrew also offered a tribute to his late father, the Duke of Edinburgh described his death as resonating with many people across the country, saying: “We’ve lost almost the grandfather of the nation.”