Prince Philip

Prince Of Wales Pays Tribute To His 'Much-Loved' Father

Prince Charles travelled to Windsor Castle in the hours after the passing of his father, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to his "much-loved and appreciated" father, describing him as a "very special person" who had devoted himself to his family, the UK and the Commonwealth.

Prince Charles spoke warmly of the Duke of Edinburgh and said his father would be "so deeply touched" by the outpouring of sorrow that had been shown since his death aged 99 on Friday.

The heir to the throne said the Royal Family is grateful to the public for their support and that it will "sustain" them at this "particularly sad time".

Speaking from his Gloucestershire home Highgrove, Prince Charles said: "I particularly wanted to say that my father, for I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable, devoted service to the Queen, to my family and to the country, but also to the whole of the Commonwealth.

"As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously.

"He was a much-loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also, I think, share our loss and our sorrow.

"My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that.

"It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time. Thank you."

Prince Philip meeting Royal Marines cadets during his final public engagement 020817 CREDIT MOD
Prince Philip passed away on Friday, 9 April at Windsor Castle (Picture: MOD).

Prince Charles travelled to Windsor Castle to comfort the Queen following Prince Philip's death.

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will take place at St George's Chapel Windsor, on Saturday 17 April at 15:00.

It will be entirely within the grounds of Windsor Castle, reflecting the Duke's personal wishes and in accordance with plans approved by Her Majesty The Queen.