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Queen describes Prince Philip's death as having 'left a huge void in her life' - ABC News

The Queen has described the death of her husband Prince Philip as having "left a huge void in her life", her son Prince Andrew has said.

Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died on Friday morning at Windsor Castle aged 99, after a marriage to the Queen that lasted 73 years.

Speaking after a special service for members of the royal family at a chapel in Windsor, the Duke of York said his family was feeling a great sense of loss after the death of his father.

"I think the way I would put it is we've lost almost the grandfather of the nation and I feel very sorry and supportive of my mother who is feeling it, I think probably more than anybody else," he told reporters outside the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Windsor Park.

"The Queen as you would expect is an incredibly stoic person and she described his passing as a miracle and she is contemplating, I think that's the way I would put it.


"She described it as having left a huge void in her life, but we, the family, the ones that are closer, are rallying around to make sure that we're there to support her."

It was a rare public appearance for Prince Andrew, after he stepped back from royal duties following his disastrous BBC interview about his friendship with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein in 2019.

The Duke of York said Prince Philip was a "remarkable man" and that he loved him as a father.

Prince Edward, the Queen and Prince Philip's youngest son, said the death was still a shock despite how the family had been preparing for the eventuality.

"It's still a dreadful shock and we're still trying to come to terms with that and it's very, very sad but I have to say that the extraordinary tribute and the memories that everybody's had and has been willing to share has been so fantastic," he said.

Prayers for the duke around the country

The service for Prince Philip at Windsor was one of many church services occurring across the UK to remember the duke.

Queen Elizabeth II is driven in an open carriage from the Golden Gates at Ascot in this 1952 photo. Prince Philip is with her.
The Queen and Prince Philip wed in 1947 and shared 73 years together as a married couple.(

AP: Eddie Worth, file


The country is officially in an eight-day mourning period that will last until his funeral at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday afternoon.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the principal leader of the Church of England who is set to officiate Prince Philip's farewell, said "no words can reach into the depth of sorrow that goes into bereavement" during a service at Canterbury Cathedral.

"We all know that it is not simply a factor of age or familiarity, it is not obliterated by the reality of a very long life, remarkably led, nor is the predictability of death's arrival a softening of the blow," he said.

"Loss is loss."

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2021-04-11 13:32:32Z

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