Buckingham Palace said the Duke of Edinburgh “passed away peacefully” at Windsor Castle on Friday at the age of 99.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have written a message reminiscent of Harry’s grandfather on her Archewell website in “loving memory” of the late king.
A brief tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, which the website sums up, reads: “Thank you for your service … you will be missed very much.”
Philip’s death is a personal loss to the monarch and his family and a significant loss as the husband of Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s oldest and longest-serving royal spouse in 10 centuries.
On Saturday, the official Instagram page The Royal Family shared a photo of the Queen and Philip with a caption that includes their famous 1997 quote about him.
“He has simply been my strength and my stay over the years, and I and his whole family and this and many other countries owe him a debt that is greater than he would ever say or we will ever find out.” Caption read.
It continued: “At the Queen’s coronation in 1953, the Duke of Edinburgh swore to be Her Majesty’s liege. The Duke was a devoted consort (Companion of the Sovereign) for nearly 70 years, from Her Majesty’s accession in the year 1952 until his death. “
Working members of the royal family, including Prince William and Duchess Kate, updated their uniform Social media accounts to mourn Philip’s death on Friday. The family members changed their profile photos to reflect their different coats of arms and posted a black and white portrait of Prince Philip using the same information published in the Buckingham Palace announcement.
Two of Prince Philip’s children, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, honored their father in interviews that, according to the British network, were recorded for broadcast after his death ITV.
Princess Anne, the second child and only daughter of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II, spoke about her father’s influence on the United Kingdom and its people.
“We could all say that in many ways they may have grossly underestimated his influence on what has happened since the beginning of this marriage,” said Princess Anne, known as The Princess Royal. “It’s fundamental to our family, because without him it would be completely different. But I think from a social perspective, too, he has been able to keep up with the technological changes that have had such an impact. But at the bottom of all of this it doesn’t work about the technology. It’s about the people. “
Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, pondered the strength of his parents’ marriage.
“My parents have been amazingly supportive of each other over the years and all of the overseas tours and events,” he said. “Having someone to confide in and smile at about something that you may not be able to see in public is very, very important. To be able to share that is immensely important.”
Prince Andrew and Prince Edward visited Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on the Saturday following the death of Prince Philip.
Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, spent about an hour in the castle. She told reporters “the Queen was amazing” when the couple left Windsor in a Land Rover.
Andrew waved to the crowds as he left. Prince Charles, the Queen’s eldest child and heir to the throne, visited his mother on Friday.
Harry and Meghan’s tribute comes a month after their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which they set out their reasons for stepping down from royal duties and moving to America last year in search of more independence and privacy.
Their tribute was different from the social media posts of the rest of the royal family: after last year, the couple stopped using the Sussex Royal brand, including the Sussex royal social media account. Harry’s alarm about the damage from social media has increased in recent years after he and Meghan saw racist and intrusive coverage in the UK media.
“We’ll revisit social media when it feels right to us – maybe when we see more meaningful commitments to change or reform – but right now we’ve put a lot of energy into learning about this area and how we can help,” so the Duke of Sussex said in one Interview with Fast Company.
The College of Arms, the body that oversees the ceremonial protocol, said Friday that the Duke’s body will rest at Windsor Castle, where he spent his final weeks with the Queen. His funeral takes place at St. George’s Chapel at the castle, which has been home to centuries of royal burials – and royal weddings, including the 2018 reunion of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Contributor: Bill Keveney