Prince Philip dies at the age of 99
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As the world prepares to mourn the loss of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Piers Morgan has reached out to Her Majesty, The Queen. The Queen will today lay her husband of 73 years to rest.
Thinking of The Queen today as she says goodbye to the love of her life
It was announced last week that the late Duke had passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle, weeks after being discharged from hospital.
Today, 30 members of the Royal Family will gather at Windsor Castle to say goodbye to Philip, born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark.
The late Duke had renounced his royal titles upon marrying into the British Royal Family and later became the Duke of Edinburgh upon his marriage to the then Princess Elizabeth.
In adherence with government-issued guidelines, Her Majesty, 94, will sit alone throughout the televised funeral, while the Royal Family will have to socially distance and wear face coverings.
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Taking to social media in view of his 7.9 million Twitter followers, Piers shared touching images of Prince Philip and Her Majesty, one taken on the day they announced their engagement as well as a more recent snap of the Monarch and her “beloved husband”.
Alongside his post, Piers penned: “Thinking of The Queen today as she says goodbye to the love of her life.”
Yesterday evening, Piers expressed his frustration over guidelines meaning the Queen cannot sit with her family.
The former Good Morning Britain co-anchor shared a picture of the Queen with a sombre expression across her face, while dressed in black.
Piers raged: “The Queen, who has devoted her life to selfless public service, will be forced to sit all alone during the funeral of her husband of 73 years, due to covid restrictions.
“How heartbreakingly sad.”
Last night, the Royal Family shared a previously private photograph of The Queen and Duke, taken during their summer break in Scotland.
The account for the Monarchy wrote: “The Queen wishes to share this private photograph taken with The Duke of Edinburgh at the top of the Coyles of Muick, Scotland in 2003.
“Photograph taken by The Countess of Wessex.”
They went on to add: “Her Majesty and the Royal Family are grateful for all the messages of condolence from around the world and have been touched to see and hear so many people sharing fond memories of The Duke, in celebration of his life.”
Mike Tindall, who is married to the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall also paid his respects to Prince Philip with a touching picture.
The late Duke was pictured sitting alongside great-granddaughter, Mia Tindall, during a private family moment.
Former rugby player Mike wrote alongside his post: “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. Taken by The Duchess of Cambridge.”
Guests at the funeral are to include Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Countess of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence.
All eight of the Queen and Prince Philip’s grandchildren will also be present for the funeral: Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn
Zara will be joined by her husband Mike, while Princess Eugenie will have husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank will sit alongside Princess Eugenie.
Three of Philip’s German relatives, Bernhard, the Hereditary Prince of Baden; Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, will also attend on Saturday.
Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Philip’s carriage driving partner and one of his closest friends, will be present.
Prince Philip’s funeral will be broadcast across the world from 3p, with the UK honouring him at 3pm with a nationwide minutes silence.
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