As you likely already know, Prince Philip passed not even three weeks ago. A few days ago, Prince Charles finally took time to walk by the public tributes to his late father. His wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, kept him company, and both became emotional at the loving messages left by the masses.
Prince Charles’ Emotional Reaction
Prince Charles and Camilla made their visit to the gardens of the Marlborough House in London last week. There, they viewed the messages, memorials, and flowers left for Prince Philip by the British public. The tributes also included more significant pieces of artwork, like a fully decorated bench and a tiny Land Rover, the Duke’s favorite car. As he and Camilla looked on, they both became clearly emotional, both wiping away tears.
Both spent a good amount of time viewing the remembrances before returning to the Palace. However, that was far from the last time Charles and Camilla remembered Prince Philip. Even before the funeral this past weekend, they continued remembering Queen Elizabeth II’s passed husband.
Remembering Prince Philip
After viewing all the beautiful tributes outside the Marlborough House, Prince Charles released a message saying how much it all would have meant to his father. “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,” he said in the video statement. “It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time.”
Of course, the Prince of Wales was far from the only one remembering Prince Philip in the days after his death. Prince Andrew and Princess Anne also issued statements within the past few days…
Recently disgraced Prince Andrew was one of the first to speak about his father, though he remains massively out of favor with most Brits according to recent surveys. “Like any other family at the time, your parents went out to work during the day but in the evening – just the same as any other family – we would get together, we would sit on the sofa as a group and he would read to us,” recalled Prince Andrew. Meanwhile, Prince Anne praised her father’s ability to work as both a prince, father, and husband simultaneously. “They needed to be a double act for a lot of that time to allow her to take on that role,” she said.
While, as the husband of the Queen, Prince Philip could have had a state funeral, he had no desire. Instead, his royal burial was a private, military ceremony, with only 30 attendees. “It is probably how he would have liked,” former palace spokeswoman Ailsa Anderson said. “No fuss, no bother. Right through his life, he never knew what all the fuss was about.” If that’s what he would have wanted, we’re glad he received it. Rest in peace, Prince Philip.