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Senin, 12 April 2021

Prince Harry praises 'legend of banter' Prince Philip as he arrives in London for funeral - ABC News

Prince Harry has hailed Prince Philip as a "master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right 'til the end", in a statement released as he arrived in London for his grandfather's funeral.

Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth who had been at her side throughout her 69-year reign, died at Windsor Castle on Friday, aged 99.

Harry arrived into the UK on a flight from Los Angeles and will quarantine in accordance with coronavirus guidelines so that he can attend the ceremonial funeral at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

He praised Prince Philip for his unparalleled devotion to the Queen, and said he was "a man of service, honour, and great humour".

"He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm — and also because you never knew what he might say next.

"He will be remembered as the longest-reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke.

"He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, 'Oh do get on with it!'"

Harry said Philip would be sorely missed by he and his wife Meghan, his son Archie, and their unborn daughter. 

His arrival marks the first time he has returned home since he and Meghan stepped down from their roles as working members of the royal family last March.

'My grandfather was an extraordinary man'

Prince William, second in line to the British throne, also said the late Duke of Edinburgh would have wanted members of the royal family to get on with their jobs.

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Prince William praised his grandfather for showing kindness to his wife Catherine.(

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"I will miss my grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job," the Duke of Cambridge said in a statement.

"My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation.

"My grandfather's century of life was defined by service to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family."

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William said he felt lucky to have had Philip's example to guide him and praised his grandfather for showing great kindness to his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Philip is lying at rest in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle. On Saturday his coffin will make its final journey to St George's Chapel at Windsor for a small funeral.

Prince Charles and other members of the royal family will take part in a procession on foot behind the coffin, which will be carried by a specially modified Land Rover that Philip helped to design. The Queen, 94, will not walk in the procession.

As the coffin reaches St George's Chapel, Britain will observe a minute of silence.

There will be no public processions, and the funeral will be held within the grounds of Windsor Castle and limited to 30 mourners in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.

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