We've lost the 'grandfather of the Nation', UK's Prince Andrew says
The death of Britain’s Prince Philip has deprived the Nation of its grandfather and left a huge void for his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth, the couple’s second son said today (11).
Prince Andrew described Philip as a “remarkable man” after he left a private service in Windsor, where his father died on Friday at the age of 99.
“It’s a great loss,” he said. “I think the way I would put it is we’ve lost almost the grandfather of the Nation.”
He said the family was rallying around his 94-year-old mother, adding she was stoical in the face of a loss that she had described as “having left a huge void in her life”.
Andrew has rarely been seen in public since he stepped down from official duties in 2019 over the controversy surrounding his association with the disgraced late U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Prayers were said for Philip at the private service in All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park west of London, echoing church services across the country.
At a service at Canterbury Cathedral, the Archbishop of Canterbury prayed for those who found that the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, as Philip was officially known, had left a “very great gap” in their lives.
As part of eight days of National mourning, people gathered outside Windsor Castle and other royal palaces to leave flowers, while religious and political leaders expressed support for the queen, the world’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch.
A note attached to a Royal Navy peak cap left amongst flowers at Windsor, a tribute to Philip’s service in the navy, read: “God bless you, Sir, you were an example to us all.”