In a show of love and gratitude to their grandfather today, the Duke of Cambridge described him as an “extraordinary man” while the Duke of Sussex said he was “a rock for Her Majesty the Queen with unparalleled devotion”.
The royal brothers were the first of Philip’s grandchildren to publicly pay their respects, with Harry summing up his grandfather as “master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right till the end”.
William, meanwhile, spoke movingly about Philip’s relationship with Kate and expressed his gratitude for the “kindness he showed her”.
He also highlighted the special bond between the duke and Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who would have “special memories” of being picked up in a horse-drawn carriage by their “great-grandpa”.
William pledged to uphold his grandfather’s wishes and continue, along with wife Kate, to support the Queen and “get on with the job”.
It came as politicians also paid their respects in the House of Commons and Lords. MPs dressed in black as they convened for a special session in which the Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, declared that the longest serving consort in our history was “without doubt the father of the nation”.
Members acknowledged that it would be the Queen’s grief that is most severe as the country mourns a man who for many people has been a presence throughout their lives.
Despite compliments about his considerable achievements in the forces, innovation and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, to name a few, it is only right that his role as an unstinting source of support to loved ones remains most in mind.