“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,″ Charles said. “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.”
Prince Charles remarked on his late father’s importance to Queen Elizabeth II, as well as his country.
“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,” Charles said.
He continued: “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.”
Philip’s death comes as a personal loss to the monarch and to his family, and a substantial one as the husband of Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s oldest and longest-serving royal spouse in 10 centuries.